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How Social Connection Increases Happiness & Health: The Human Impact Theory

We are excited to announce the launch of our new podcast, “‘The Human Impact Theory’ The first one is always a very special episode because we get to share the stories of everyday people doing incredible things to make a positive impact on our world. This one won’t disappoint as we take a deep dive into social connection and its importance in our lives. To create change in the way that works for them in their own lives.

The Human Impact Theory podcast will stay true to who we are and what we do at 365give. Our conversations will teach our listeners and members about the transformative power of giving.  We will inspire you with stories from around the world and empower you to find ways you can change the world too. We are going to leave all the reasons why you can’t change the world at the door because our guest will show you there is always a way.

You will learn about the remarkable human impact we can all have because, when we give, the thing that changes the most is us. This is more than just a theory—it’s proof love can change the world.

Little Moments: A Global Story of Social Connection and Joy

This month, we are featuring a topic that is so important in our lives. One that keeps us healthy in our minds, bodies, and hearts. July 30th celebrates International Friendship Day, which is all about connection to others – one of the most important pillars of well-being and happiness. Listen to this special episode and you will be inspired to connect with the world around you starting today! All it takes is a simple love note.

In this episode, we delve into the heart of Anne Sofie’s initiative, where the simple act of giving small, handmade cards has created vast ripples across the globe. Anne’s journey began with a desire to bring smiles to faces and spread love. Her organization, Happy Little Moments has since evolved into a worldwide movement that exemplifies the power of personal connections with every love card that is given—over 35,000 to date! We talked with Anne Sophie about how it all started and how she has made so many cards. She shares her favourite places and the beautiful bonds and connections she makes with others. We will learn the secret that fuels her passion to give every day.

Watch Anne Sophie’s story from Bright Vibes Media

The Science Behind Social Connection and Increased Happiness

Why do these small acts of kindness have such a powerful impact? Research from the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford highlights that social connections, even brief and seemingly insignificant ones, not only improve mental and emotional well-being but also enhance physical health. Strong social ties have been linked to a 50% increased chance of longevity, better immune function, faster recovery from disease, and even extended life span.

Additionally, a comprehensive meta-analysis cited in Psychology Today indicated that social isolation is associated with increased risks for all-cause mortality, and feelings of loneliness can significantly impact physical health, comparable to well-known risk factors like obesity and smoking.

The Mechanics of Giving: How Helping Others Helps Us

Happy Little Moments isn’t just a story about the happiness of card recipients; it’s also about the fulfillment and joy Anne Sofie experiences through her acts of giving. This podcast episode examines the “Helper’s High” —the emotional and physical uplift people experience when they give unselfishly. We explore neuroscience research that supports why giving is as beneficial for the giver as it is for the receiver.

Voices from the Community: Impact of 35,000 Cards

To truly appreciate the scope of Happy Little Moments, we hear about the individual stories of people from around the world who have discovered Anne’s cards. Their stories reflect a universal truth: a small gesture can change a day or even a life. These testimonials underscore the theme of our podcast, illustrating real-world examples of human impact theory in action.

Don’t Miss This Special Episode!

Don’t miss this heartwarming special episode of ‘The Human Impact Theory’, where we celebrate the incredible journey of Happy Little Moments and the science of giving. You will be inspired by Anne Sofie’s story and ready to create your own ripple of happiness!

Join the 365give movement today. When you sign up, you will receive a free Happy Little Moments card in members only email! Begin your adventure in giving and happiness today! You will change the world from the inside out.

For more great reading and inspiration about connection, friendship, and ways to give, check out these posts.

7 Gives That Build Social Connections and Strong Friendships

The Surprising Connection Between Giving And Happiness

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)