We all need a little happiness inspiration and your community group is included. We are huge advocates of community groups, whether they be formal like that found at your church, the brownies and scouts, or at your school. Community groups are great at bringing people together to share in a vision that like minded people complete together. As visions are being completed, and communities are helped, members come together to support each other, learn from each other, inspire each other, to feel a sense of fellowship, safety and belonging together.
I think we can all say that what we missed the most during the pandemic as a sense of community. I know I did. Yes, we all zoomed together, video chatted, did what we could to feel connected but admittedly many of us felt isolated. There is something to be said about seeing your neighbours and engaging in a spontaneous chat, or seeing your friends and just being. Many community groups put their activities on hold as it was challenging to find things to do during city lock downs. There were some amazing groups that sprung up over the pandemic and handled social distancing well. Some groups delivered food to people who were isolated, others grew fresh produce in community gardens for food banks. These stories were heart warming but highlighted a small percentage of what normally goes on in our communities.
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. – Dalai Lama
As we slowly start to get together in groups, rekindle our relationships in person and begin looking at what we can do again for our communities, a little happiness inspiration is needed! If you are meeting with your community group once again, why not look at re-introducing some projects that build happiness in our communities as a small step towards larger projects. Our 365give Challenge is a great way to start and will spread happiness within yourself and your community quickly and easily. Yes giving using small acts of giving is a great way to re-introduce your community group again and evaluate where your group can have the biggest and best impact in your community.
The benefits of giving are the following and perfect for those of us coming out into our communities after the pandemic.
To get your community group on board just make the commitment to give. When everyone hears that small acts of giving brings happiness to each of them and those you give to, we know the group will unanimously say yes. Send them our website if they need some information, and let them see the scientific research themselves.
Base your giving plan on your community group mission statement. If you normally support the homeless, food banks, community clean ups, community friendship, or community activities look through our giving ideas and pick gives that mirror your mission. Small acts of giving are just that, small acts, so start small and have everyone participate. One of our favorite gives is a walk in a local park with the intention to pick up garbage left on trails and in communal areas. Another favorite of ours is to do a closet clean out and donate unneeded clothes to a shelter or thrift store. When your group conducts this collectively, the happiness impact is big!
One of the benefits of giving is that your actions will inspire others. When members of your community see your group out there giving, they will want to do the same. This ripple effect is special and worth your participation in giving. Any observers will also feel happy as they watch your group giving to others in the community.
This should be the happiness inspiration you need to start your community group get togethers again. Stay on your mission and just add small acts of giving to what you do. Happiness will spread to you, to those who receive your gives and those who watch you giving. Now that is a recipe for success and a whole lotta happiness!!
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