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How to Hack Your Happiness With This Small Action

We have all heard this before, “Happiness is an inside job.” Finding that happy place on the inside varies from day to day, some days being harder than others, some being easier. We have a “happiness hack” that uses science, a little heart, and one small daily action to kick start your happiness every day.

The best and easiest hack for your happiness is one small act of giving.

Yup – that’s it.

So what is one small act of giving? it is an action that shows compassion, gratitude, kindness. It can be done by volunteering, donating or taking action on social media. Any and all of these actions count as a daily give and it will “Hack your Happiness”  – everyday.

“It doesn’t have to cost a dime, just a little time”

Why Giving Can Hack Your Happiness

Here’s why giving will hack your happiness. Using scientific research, we have come up with an acronym to help us remember how our brain naturally responds to kind and generous actions. It is so important scientists state that our brains and bodies are built specifically for this. We call it your daily D.O.S.E of happiness.

Dopamine: Your brains “Feel good” chemical. You will be singing the song “I Feel Good” instantly!

Oxytocin: This is your “love” hormone. It like getting a great big free hug!

Serotonin: The brains neurotransmitters that translates your one small act of giving into feelings of happiness.

Endorphins: It’s just like the “runners high” but it’s called the “helpers high. You will be floating on cloud 9 in no time!



More Giving Equals More Happiness

Here are some of our favorite gives that you can do no matter which stage you are in during COVID re-openings:

  1. Send old blankets and towels to your local animal shelter
  2. Built a small bird bath in your backyard or on your balcony
  3. Like the Facebook page of a local charity
  4. Turn off taps when brushing your teeth or washing your hair
  5. Use your own grocery bags when shopping
  6. Send a video hello to a friend, family member or colleague
  7. Send a note or text of gratitude to someone who has helped you lately or in the past
  8. Ask a friend, neighbour or senior if they need with a task or household chore
  9. Put a positive message on social media about a local business you like
  10. Smile at people on the street – smiles can be seen through your mask – make it a habit!

Doing one of these actions each day to hack your happiness is simple. You just have to start. Sign up for our daily giving ideas to get simple daily giving suggestions sent right to your inbox to kick start your day.

If you want a little bit more happiness support, join our global community to spread happiness all over the world! One give, one day at a time.


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)