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Use These Giving Quotes to Start a Family 365give Challenge

Looking to start a family 365give Challenge? Over the ages, influential people have been praising the benefits of giving and showing kindness to others. At 365give we want to challenge you and your family/roommates/workmates or virtual mates, to start a giving challenge. Doing something every day can seem a little overwhelming sometimes, so start with a week of thoughtful gives, then increase your challenges to longer periods of time. Here are some inspiring quotes to get you enthused and kickstart your Family 365give Challenge.

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” Mohammed Ali

The idea behind this quote is that we aren’t owed anything from life. Just because you exist, does not mean you are entitled to a certain way of life. We must behave with gratitude and express our appreciation for life, by trying to improve other people’s experiences, in whatever way we can. Be kind to everyone you meet, in-person and online; small gestures of compassion can hugely influence others and even inspire other people to do the same. Einstein had a similar train of thought, when he put it this way: 

“It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” Albert Einstein

This brings to mind the need to give back to our planet, by taking care of animals and the environment. Humans are destructive to the planet, and eating meat is a big part of what is negatively affecting our environment. For your Family Challenge try going vegetarian or vegan for 1 full week, to see if every family member can do it. This can be your family ‘planet give’ and moving forwards, ensure at least one day each week is veggie/vegan only. Make a list of other ‘planet gives’ you can do as a family, like switching off lights in empty rooms and reducing plastic waste.

“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others” Gandhi

This Gandhi quote can help those struggling to find themselves or make sense of the world. Sometimes a good antidote for depression and feelings of hopelessness is to consider what you can do for other people, and get out of your own thoughts. As Abraham Lincoln said:

“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.” – Abraham Lincoln

Be generous with your time and patience for other people. Take care of someone else in need and your emotions can seem less intense and overwhelming.

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” Anne Frank

It’s a common misconception to think that giving involves money or funds. Find ways to give that don’t cost a penny or cent. As a family, see who can do a full week of no-cost gives. Special rewards for whoever is the first to do a give for someone outside of the family (of course, don’t forget to stay safe!). If you are successful, make this a daily habit, as is the 365give method! As a family, check in with each other about what your gives were each day – fun and uplifting dinnertime chats to be had!

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu was an ancient Chinese philosopher and poet, and the founder of the philosophy of Taoism, a religious and ethical custom of ancient China. If you love this quote and the idea of living with kindness and purpose in all you do, explore the philosophy of Taoism; it might help you to become even better at giving, and inspire a new outlook on life. 

“Life’s persistent and most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Martin Luther King Jr.

As if MLK didn’t do enough for humankind, he also gave us this exceptional giving quote to live by. As a family project, make a beautiful decorative sign with these words. Put it up somewhere central in your house as a daily reminder for your family of their giving quest.

Start Your Family 365give Challenge!

Feeling inspired to give the 365give Challenge a go? Get your family (or team) together now and start your own list of gives that you can do for others each day. As Anne Frank said, they needn’t cost any money, and they will make you richer in more important ways. More inspiration can be found at 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)