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Why Giving, Kindness and Compassion is a Prescription for a Good Life

How are giving, kindness and compassion related? Each one of us wants to live out a good life, though this is easier said than done. What exactly does it take for us to be able to live a “good” life? The solution might not be what you expect. The answer lies in the relationship between giving, kindness and compassion.

Eating well, exercising, and getting a good night’s rest are the typical suggestions we hear about living a good life. These three solutions focus on us as individuals and what we can do to keep our bodies physically healthy. However, it is also our emotional and mental well-being that affect our quality of life.


It is easy to get caught up in every day – wake up, go to school or work, eat lunch, come home, eat dinner, sleep and repeat. Our days can be filled with all kinds of activities and to-do’s that we can grow to desensitize ourselves to life. Finding meaning in our every day can help to create this greater sense of purpose and sense of belonging to our lives that will change the way we look at our small, simple actions.

Giving and Compassion

Devoting your time to give back to the community or even simple gestures such as taking out the trash without being asked to, reminds us how our actions can positively affect the people around us. When you donate your clothes and see someone else wearing them with a bright smile on their face, you’re happy that you were able to bring that joy by simply passing on clothes you no longer wear. It may seem minor or insignificant but have a very real and positive impact on the community you’re helping.

This extends beyond the community and our families but our actions can benefit the environment. Climate change is a massive global issue and it can be an overwhelming one to tackle. However, small actions taken by multiple individuals can have an immense impact on saving our planet. Giving has a universal application, in which we can dedicate our time to help causes and communities near and dear to our hearts.

Simple actions done with kindness and compassion have the greatest impact on those in need. A simple “how are you” and “how was your day” to the people around you, shows how you care and simply listen, you provide them with the space to let out any negative thoughts or emotions they feel bottled inside. This is often an overlooked action but by being there for the people around you, you provide the compassion and kindness they may be seeking all along.

Often, you hear from athletes and well-known figures, and one of the most memorable moments that stays with them is the testimonies of the people they helped the most, inspiring them to greater heights. This is something we too can experience. When we help others, extend out a helping hand and offer kindness and compassion, the people who truly need it will be grateful for it.

Get Some Giving Ideas To Get You Started

Giving can come in all forms, if you need some ideas on how you can give back to the communities you care for, check out 365give for some suggestions on how you can integrate this into your everyday and make giving a daily habit.

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)