When Nic and I first starting giving back in 2010, I had to think of ways to give that did not cost a lot of money and did not depend on me having to go somewhere every single day to give. Weather, car sharing, budgets, nap time and those unpredictable mood swings that kids can have, just did not give me the flexibility to go out and buy, or drop off, or shop for a daily give. It also was not part of what we were trying to accomplish. Nic was not going to have an endless budget to give once he started giving on his own, he did not have access to transportation to go and give somewhere every day. He would be in school soon, and that was not going to be the barrier to his daily giving. In fact the whole point of us giving every day was to find simple ways to give to others removing all preconceived barriers to giving that we thought might exist.
We still do this every day – find one daily give that is simple, easy, have happiness impact, and that costs nothing, or next to nothing.
There are so many ways we can give right from home. Silly thing is each idea is starring you right in the face and you don’t even realize it. There are gives in your home that you can do to help the planet, animals and people and all of them are as easy as 1, 2, 3. Whether this is your first week of giving, your first time giving or you are an expert giver that is looking for new ideas, gives at home are a great way to complete your daily give.
Take out the trash, or do a chore a sister, brother or husband might have on their list. Helping out around the house is a great give for a family member and they will love the surprise. They just might take one of your chores away from you later on. Giving back within your own family can create a wonderful giving culture that is contagious both inside and out side the home.
No shopping required. Look in the fridge and be creative. Put out a plate of snacks or create a meal for lunch or dinner. If you want to help make a meal, that is a give as well. It is all about doing something out of your normal schedule or tasks that helps out someone else.
This is a planet give and everyone at home can do this to give back to the environment. We use on average 65.1 liters during an 8.2 minute shower. If you are faster than 8 minutes, you still may be surprised at how much water you may be using. An average shower flow rate is 7.9 litres per minute. When brushing your teeth you use on average of 19 liters of water if you dont turn off the tap while brushing. If you turn off the tap you are down to just a few liters. Give back to the planet by taking shorter showers and turning off the tap while you brush. Water is precious and so many have a lack of it!
Nic loved flowers and would find one in the garden when grandma, or an aunt come to visit. He would give it to them when they arrived along with a big hug. One day he gave a flower from the garden to a complete stranger walking by our house. That give warmed my heart and showed me that daily giving was working. Pick a flower from your garden and give it away, to someone you know, someone you don’t know or someone at home.
This is super simple and really brightens a persons day. A smile goes a long way at home, and creates a happiness culture that we love! Both the person smiling and the person who sees the smile feels a lot happier. Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It’s hard, isn’t it? When someone sees a smile the same works for them. It is a priceless give that keeps happiness around all day long.
We get busy at home doing things, focusing on things and some days we would benefit from a hug. Stop what you are doing and give someone at home a hug. When you walk in through the door after school, after work, or after play, dont just say hi, or ‘I’m home, go up to who ever you see first and give them a hug. Now that is a great at home give!
My list could go on and on. We love to take our dog for a walk or our neighbour’s dog. We love to rake leaves or clear snow from a neighbour’s home. You can even do a donation or gently used clothing, or go through your linen closet and collect old towels for the local animal shelter. Do you have food in the cupboard you know you wont eat? canned goods donated to the local food bank are gives from home. My kids love making cold drinks on a hot day and just give them away on the street in front of the house. The ideas are right in front of you.
So when giving seems overwhelming some days, and it happens, or you are feeling a time pressure, there are many gives you can do from home, at home, and with your family that will add to your daily giving. Yes you can change the world at home, and those gives will ripple through the world as people learn what you are doing.
Ready to start giving? Sign up for your 365give membership, a free membership for you, your family, class or workplace, and start giving every day. It will change the world one give at a time.