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Happiness Inspiration for Community Groups

We all need a little happiness inspiration and your community group is included. We are huge advocates of community groups, whether they be formal like that found at your church, the brownies and scouts, or at your school. Community groups are great at bringing people together to share in a vision that like minded people complete together. As visions are being completed, and communities are helped, members come together to support each other, learn from each other, inspire each other, to feel a sense of fellowship, safety and belonging together.

I think we can all say that what we missed the most during the pandemic as a sense of community. I know I did. Yes, we all zoomed together, video chatted, did what we could to feel connected but admittedly many of us felt isolated. There is something to be said about seeing your neighbours and engaging in a spontaneous chat, or seeing your friends and just being. Many community groups put their activities on hold as it was challenging to find things to do during city lock downs. There were some amazing groups that sprung up over the pandemic and handled social distancing well. Some groups delivered food to people who were isolated, others grew fresh produce in community gardens for food banks. These stories were heart warming but highlighted a small percentage of what normally goes on in our communities.

Happiness Inspiration As Community Groups Reconvene in Our Neighbourhoods

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. – Dalai Lama

As we slowly start to get together in groups, rekindle our relationships in person and begin looking at what we can do again for our communities, a little happiness inspiration is needed! If you are meeting with your community group once again, why not look at re-introducing some projects that build happiness in our communities as a small step towards larger projects. Our 365give Challenge is a great way to start and will spread happiness within yourself and your community quickly and easily. Yes giving using small acts of giving is a great way to re-introduce your community group again and evaluate where your group can have the biggest and best impact in your community.

The benefits of giving are the following and perfect for those of us coming out into our communities after the pandemic.

  • Builds a positive culture within the group you are working with and in your community
  • Celebrates and integrates community involvement
  • Nurtures inclusiveness, respect, pluralism, and a sense of belonging among diverse groups
  • Effects positive impact among local and global communities
  • Encourages participants to work together and helps them feel a sense of connection with each other and their community

Step One – Make the Commitment

To get your community group on board just make the commitment to give. When everyone hears that small acts of giving brings happiness to each of them and those you give to, we know the group will unanimously say yes. Send them our website if they need some information, and let them see the scientific research themselves.

Step Two – Make Your Giving Plan

Base your giving plan on your community group mission statement. If you normally support the homeless, food banks, community clean ups, community friendship, or community activities look through our giving ideas and pick gives that mirror your mission. Small acts of giving are just that, small acts, so start small and have everyone participate. One of our favorite gives is a walk in a local park with the intention to pick up garbage left on trails and in communal areas. Another favorite of ours is to do a closet clean out and donate unneeded clothes to a shelter or thrift store. When your group conducts this collectively, the happiness impact is big!

Step Three – Watch Your Giving Spread

One of the benefits of giving is that your actions will inspire others. When members of your community see your group out there giving, they will want to do the same. This ripple effect is special and worth your participation in giving. Any observers will also feel happy as they watch your group giving to others in the community.

This should be the happiness inspiration you need to start your community group get togethers again. Stay on your mission and just add small acts of giving to what you do. Happiness will spread to you, to those who receive your gives and those who watch you giving. Now that is a recipe for success and a whole lotta happiness!!

Sign up for your free 365give membership so you can access our resources and tools that will get your community group giving asap!


What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)