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Small Acts of Giving Everyday Makes Students Happier

Did you know that completing small acts of giving each day makes you happier? At times the stresses from school can lead to dwelling on the academic pressures and the worries, bringing our mood down. Spending too much time on our worries and anxieties can negatively affect not only our mental health but our physical health as well. However, there is one simple action that you can make to be happier. This is through the act of giving!

An article written by Catherine Pearson for the Huffington Post suggested five happiness hacks that will take five minutes or less. Two of these hacks are all about spreading kindness and giving! She also talks about the science of happiness and how giving increases our oxytocin and dopamine while decreasing cortisol (stress hormone), everything we need to make us happy!

Opportunities to Complete Your Small Acts of Giving are Everywhere!

As students, often we wonder how can we give back? However, the opportunities to spread kindness and give to others can be found anywhere.

Simple ways to give back at school could be holding the door for your teacher or fellow peers, helping to pick up something that fell on the ground or keeping the classroom clean; all of these are small acts of giving that would take no less than five minutes to do! However, giving is not limited to the school environment but some you can also give back at home. This includes helping to take out the trash at home or offering to help cook for dinner. You can also help to give back to Mother Earth by recycling or picking up trash that you found on the floor. The list is endless!

All in all, there are so many wonderful opportunities that you can give back to those around you which will not only help to brighten their day but can also put you in a happier mood.

Making Others Smile Will Make You Smile

By doing these small acts of giving to those around us, and realizing that despite how small these gives might be, they have major impacts. This can help put into perspective the power our small gives can have on the people around us. This can further empower us to do more for others as we realize that we can make positive change. This will not only help to make those around us happier but also makes us happier.

Although these simple actions ultimately aim to put a smile on others, they also help to put a smile on our faces too! By being kind to one another, can help us establish a social connection and bring us closer to one another. Especially during a time where we may feel distanced from one another, spreading kindness that brings us closer together can help us feel safe, secure, and loved.

Giving is such a wonderful and powerful action that can further promote feelings of love and happiness which very important to our social, mental, and emotional wellbeing. There is no need to hesitate, start with small acts of giving now to help boost your happiness and those around you!

These are just a few simple gives you can do every day. However, there are so many other creative ways you can be giving back to our planet, to our families or how we can give back whilst in the classroom. For more ideas, check out 365give(

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)