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To Change the World, Start With Yourself – Give Every Day

Ready to change the world? It sounds like a big task; the world we live in is billions of people deep! How can one person really make a difference? Well, the answer is not overwhelming at all – small gestures of kindness and love can impact many people’s days, whether you know them, or not. Give and encourage others to pass it on – the world awaits!

Start With Yourself – Look After Your Mental Health

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We are not in control of our daily circumstances and there are many factors of our lives which we cannot do anything about. This can be a cause of anxiety,  and feeling stressed or overwhelmed. It’s difficult to begin to think about other people, when we are struggling and feeling mentally frazzled.  There are many tools to help us already at our disposal, however, and you can access them for free and at any time!

Meditation is a method you can practise in almost any situation to some degree. If you have 5, 10 or 20 minutes to relax, try a guided meditation by Jason Stephenson on Youtube, for example, or download the free app Insight Timer, for both guided sessions and a custom meditation timer.

If you are on the go, or at work and are not able to to close your eyes for several minutes, just take some deep breaths.  Take 5-10 deep breaths, feel your heartbeat slow down and take a moment to feel your feet on the earth. This grounding technique is perfect for turning around a bad mood and improving your perspective.

Whenever you can, spend time in nature. Take a walk, hike, or bike ride through a wood, around a lake, or up a mountain. The trees, plants and earth can have a powerful and calming affect on the mind and body, and help you to feel rejuvenated. Surrounding yourself with plants, in your home or office space, can have a similar affect, while also cleaning the air you breathe.

Be Of Service To Everyone You Meet To Change The World

When we are feeling content with ourselves, we are in a better position to be of service to others. A wonderful way to feel good and do great things for the world is to focus on what you can do for others (include humans, animals and, of course the Earth itself). Each day we are given choices of how to behave or respond to our circumstances – shall I wait and hold this door for the person a few feet behind me? Should I make eye contact and smile at this stranger walking past? Can I help the person struggling with their bike? What we do can make a big difference to the world around us. One gesture of kindness can ripple out and promote more friendly and positive actions in others. You know that a smile can be infectious and saying something positive is more rewarding than saying something negative.  Be mindful of the choices you make each day and when given the opportunity to do some good for another person, take it and enjoy the satisfaction you get from it.

Feeling inspired to make some world-changing gives? Check out the 365give blogs for giving ideas that involve people, animals and the Earth!


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)