Increasing happiness seems to be a hard task. But look no further and check our this 365give membership story that shows you how easy it is to increase your happiness one give at a time. We love family giving stories and creative families that adapt giving for their lifestyle! Shakti created the 52give Challenge where their family gives once a week, a schedule that works well for them! Their planned gives done once a week has changed their happiness, enabled them to continue a giving schedule that fits into their lifestyle and has taught the power of giving! This 365give Membership story warms are heart and proves that giving changes the world, one give, one day at a time.
Shakti’s mom wrote to us from Australia and shared their giving story.
I first learned about 365give in 2017 after watching Jacqueline’s TedX Talk on “How to Be Happy Everyday: It Will Change The World.” At the time, my son Shakti, was only 1 year old, but I was so uplifted by the project that I couldn’t wait until he was old enough to do it with him. As an educator and mother, I was inspired by this challenge because I saw it as an opportunity to give back to my community, while being able to model and teach giving to my son.
We began the 52Give Challenge in the New Year of 2020, by giving cookies to our local Fire Station to show our appreciation for all of their hard work. At that time, Australia was experiencing catastrophic wildfires and we felt the firefighters deserved to know the community thanked them for keeping us safe! Since then we’ve had so many memorable gives, like donating food to our local Food Bank, learning how to properly recycle in our home, and having Shakti spend time out in the garden with his Appa.
Shakti and I have learned how happy giving makes us over the course of this year, a new slogan has emerged in our house: “Do Kind, Say Kind, and Be Kind”. Another thing we’ve learned this year is that when it comes to giving, it is truly the thought that counts. Some of our best gives have been surprising our friends on their special days because Shakti really enjoys making cards for the occasion. You never know how much a small act of giving can mean to someone else.
Even though we’ve completed our own 52Give Challenge, our giving doesn’t end as the year does. Shakti has loved to see the impact his small acts of giving have on other people, the planet and the animals. The 365give Challenge has brought us so much gratitude and happiness and we can’t wait to do more gives and inspire others to do the same.
Shakti and his mom have shown all the great benefits of giving. Increasing happiness, feeling happy and spreading that happiness to others! It is so easy to do, and how you feel after your give is all worth it. Once you start giving it is impossible to stop! Thank you for your story and thank you for inspiring others to give!
Check out The 365give Challenge and see how easy it is to give! Use our free resources and start giving!