It’s World Friendship Day and we have some daily giving ideas that honour your friendships and build strong new connections. Try out these Gives That Build Social Connections.
The World Happiness Report tells us over 1 billion people are suffering from anxiety and depression all over the world. A key factor to staying mentally strong is having strong social connections and friendships. Giving back to people in simple ways retains and builds social connections, connections that make people happy and ultimately make you happy.
It’s what we love about giving. It gets you out into your community to meet new people as well as show your friends how much you care. Giving is happiness in action!
Giving your time to help others is a great way to get out and meet new people all working for the common good of the world. Positive action creates more positivity in your life. Find a local charity that works together as team like a soup kitchen feeding the hungry or volunteer at a local community event.
What better place to socially connect than social media. Its as simple as starting a conversation by leaving a positive comment. The more you comment and follow positive people the more your social algorithms will load you social feed with more positivity. You could do this 365give every day of the week! Joining Facebook Groups are a great way to connect with like-minded people. Here you can engage in meaningful conversations right from your living room. LinkedIn is known for building “tribes” and your very own or a #LinkedInFam. It all starts with an authentic connection and positive comments to build relationships.
What better way to share the love and give from the heart (to the taste buds) but some fresh bakes goodies (we have included a video recipe that will make you friends everywhere you go!) Bring them to the office or just drop them by a friend as surprise.
We all have times in our life when we need a shoulder to cry on or a little extra support. Building friendships means being there in the good times and the bad. Make your daily give being there for a friend in need with an ear to listen and a shoulder to lean on.
Take a few minutes to help a neighbour today. It could be gardening, taking in groceries or carrying out the garbage. When we live close to be people it’s a great opportunity to build a neighbour-ly friendships by giving an extra set of hands.
Spend some quality time with a senior. We will all get there one day and taking some time to help prepare meals, reading or stopping by for a cup of tea will go a long way to making an elderly person feel happy and you!
People that give together are happy together. Get some friends or family together and join the 365give Community. (http://www.365give.ca/membership-account/membership-levels/) Take turns giving, share your stories together, go out and do some giving together. A community garbage clean-up, making sandwiches for those in need or a free lemonade stand on a hot day. Whatever your giving activities are it will keep you connected and create a bond of creating a better world together.
Being socially connected is what we are born to do right along with giving. It will activate all the good neurochemical feelings in your brain and body from dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and your endorphins. Isolation and loneliness can lead to depression. Take the time to connect in a way no one can refuse – a simple daily give will go a long way.
Join the 365give community and share your daily giving with others while being inspired by global giving around the world.