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The World Happiness Report Ranks Canada #7 – Happy Canada Day!

Happy Birthday Canada! We have so many great things about our country to celebrate including being ranked in the top 10 of the UN World Happiness Report.

The World Happiness Report ranked Canada the 7th happiest places in the world to live and we aren’t surprised. We get to wake up every day to our countries natural beauty, we are inclusive of all cultures and religions from around the globe and we are known for being “sorry” for everything. (lol)

There are 6 key values The World Happiness Report recognizes from the happiest places to live and we love number 7!

1) Well-being
2) Income
3) Healthy life expectancy
4) Social support
5) Freedom
6) Trust
7) Generosity

As the Founder of 365give, I am born and bred Canadian. My parents were immigrants but instilled generosity and inclusion for as long as I remember. They would remind me that I would get from the world what I gave to it. Values I wanted to pass on to my children – the reason I started 365give.

If you don’t know our story at 365give it all started as a personal parenting project between my first son Nic and I. We made a commitment to give back to the world every day for 365give days – we started on his 4th birthday, September 29th, 2013.

Along our journey we learned so much, we met so many wonderful people and our daily giving habit made us so happy. We never expected anything in return for our giving because what we received was personal happiness. But one day our giving gave us a gift a a lifetime.

On day 365 – exactly 1 year after we started – Nic received the birthday gift of a baby brother.

Now you may be thinking what does Canada Day – July 1 and Nic’s birthday – September 29th have to do with anything? Nic’s brother is adopted. He is our Canada Day baby. Born July 1 right here in Vancouver Canada! After 3 very long months of waiting we were finally able to bring him home – September 29, 2014. Exactly 1 year to the day we started 365give. Happy Birthday Tyler!

In honour of Tyler’s birthday we sent out to create a Canada Day giving list. Our daily giving continues with all of my sons (3 now!) and we hope it will inspire you to give today.

10 Ways to Give on Canada Day To Keep The World Happiness Report…Happy

1) Pick up all your picnic garbage and some extra while you are there. Let’s keep our country beautiful and clean.
2) Purchase biodegradable balloons for your celebrations.
3) Include your neighbours, family and friends in your Canada Day celebrations. Make a it a community activity.
4) Bring your own bags to the grocery store when shopping for your Canada Day Party.
5) Shop local suppliers and growers (save additional pollution in the air)
6) Ask your guests coming over to celebrate to bring a non-perishable food items you can donate to a local food bank.
7) Make and deliver a special Canadian treats like “beaver tails” or cupcakes and water to those living on the street.
8) Make it a family day: turn all devices off and dedicate this day to spending time with each other. A big give for the entire family.
9) Participate in a local indigenous peoples’ celebration embracing our history and learning about the rich traditions of our country.
10) Send a note of gratitude (or lovely social media post) to a local government official or our Prime Minister for all they do to keep our country strong and free.

Remember we are the “True North Strong and Free” thanks to all those before us and all those that serve our country every day.

Come and join our Global Community – sign up here – it’s free! Make the commitment today join The 365give Challenge. Canada Day is only once a year but as Canadian’s we can make a difference every day.

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)