Why participate in this global giving event #do1GIve Day? Well that is easy. For three years, people from all over the world have reached out and completed one small act of giving to discover the why of giving and kindness. Once they completed that one give during the event, they were hooked! Why? Giving gives us more than we ever thought. It is a wonderful act that pays back three fold. Giving makes the giver happy, the receiver happy and the person who watches and witnesses the give happy as well. But there are more reasons why this global giving event is worth participating in. Way more! So ask again, why participate in this global giving event?
When we give to another, or the planet or an animal, we do feel happier. Read the research on happiness and giving to really understand the neurological changes we have when we give. Your give just needs to be a simple act, smiling at someone, sending a text or email of thanks, recycling to help our planet, doing a chore for a neighbour. Be present and complete one give. That is all you have to do. Then check in and see how you feel. There are a whole bunch of super cool neurological and hormonal shifts that take place during and after that give. And the person who received the give has the same response you do…so why not spread a bit of happiness around by giving and being kind. It seems like a no brainer.
Social Emotional Learning is now part of global school curricula. It is a fact that kids will learn better, be more productive, have better relationships and increase their emotional IQ when they can understand how they feel. Giving students of all ages the tools to identify and deal with their emotions decreases poor social behaviour, creates a positive culture at schools and within classrooms, and enables students to find positive outlets to participate in their community, at home and within their learning environments. Implementing a giving routine at a school or in a classroom empowers students to be part of their learning and participate in society in positive ways. #Do1Give Day is a great way to introduce giving as a Social Emotional Learning tool at a school or in a classroom.
Employees at any workplace, in person or virtual will benefit from completing small acts of giving. Like schools, productivity increases, creativity increases, promotes team building and increases employee happiness. Giving can be done at the workplace, can include your customers and include your suppliers. If you are working remotely, there are lots of giving ideas to engage employees virtually with the same results. Taking 15 minutes out of a day to encourage a small act of giving with all employees will give back to everyone. #Do1Give Day is the perfect way to try out giving in a one day global event and see how giving positively affects your employees, your reputation, your customers, and management staff. It is a win win situation.
Okay so our homes are busy places these days. Parents could be working from home, kids can be schooling at home. Or parents are juggling working in person while kids are schooling at home. That situation needs a bit of help to keep everyone happy. Giving as a family changes the dynamic at home, creating a positive and productive environment for all family members. For everyone’s benefit, why not set up a test run of #Do1Give Day and see the energy shift at home. A happier home makes a happier family, and giving is the easiest way to do accomplish that. Bake some cookies and give them to a neighbour, create a new or better recycling area at home, write a letter to a family member and mail it off, or have a virtual call with someone living alone. Conducting one give will take a bit of the pressure off as we navigate life as it is at the moment. Keeping up your giving after #Do1Give Day will continue the happiness at home.
We all love to feel empowered, happy, part of our community, and accomplished. You don’t need an army of people to participate in #Do1GIve Day, you just need you. Being aware of how you feel on a daily basis, and being able to change or enhance those emotions is what giving does. It enables you to feel happy and keep that happiness throughout the day. You are in charge of how you feel, and can make your day better if you complete one small act of giving. You also will positively affect the person or people you give to. Your action will inspire others to be kind, to give, and generate more happiness in the world through a simple action. That is why we give. That is the power of giving. Our mental health and well being is important, and we can do small things to make it healthier every day.
There is lots of time to decide if you want to be happier, if you want to be the change we need in our world. Check out how easy it is to give on this day and start planning your give. Do a give yourself, or get others involved. IT is up to you. But the why of giving on April 21, 2021 is pretty clear. Happiness, leading by example, and spreading happiness around the planet. Those are some pretty powerful why’s that are hard if not impossible to ignore. Check out our #Do1give Day event page to make the promise on April 21, 2021. Once you make the promise, you will have answered your question – ‘Why Participate In This Global Giving Event?’ It is easy, fun, and makes the world a happier place one give at a time.