Yes you can make a difference by giving. But our giving is a bit different. You don’t need to be a multi-million or billionaire to make a difference in the world. 99% of us don’t have that kind of cash. What all of us do have is an ability to participate in small but meaningful ways by giving to others in our schools, our place of work, in our community and international causes, without having to give a dime to a cause. Small acts of giving make a difference. But what is a small act of giving?
Small acts of giving are just that, something small but have impact. Think of actions like, opening the door for someone, smiling to others, saying thank you, assisting someone with a task, doing a chore that is assigned to someone else, sending a note of gratitude, complimenting someone.
You can make a difference to the planet, animals or people. All you need is a little creativity (or use our daily giving ideas) and a few minutes to complete your give. Gives can be slotted into your day so you do not have to set aside hours per day to make that impact. Think of a give you can do on your way to work, or plan a give you complete while walking or biking to school. We know people who complete their give after their day time responsibilities are done, and schedule a give at 6 pm each day. You will find your giving groove and slip in a way to make a difference to yourself, the planet, animals, people, and your community.
Giving creates a neurological reaction within you that makes you happy. Researchers call it the Helper’s High. When you give you will feel a difference in yourself, as your brain changes. This Daily DOSE of happiness fires off your happiness hormones, dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin while decreasing your stress hormone, cortisol. This change will make you feel happier, lighter, and just might create a smile on your face! This feeling will last for a while and make you more productive, more focused, and clearer in your thoughts. When you give every day that feeling will return again and again. It is magical, and worth a test to see how you feel after you give. It is a game changer!
This is the second amazing part about giving. When you give to others, or others witness your planet, animal or people give, they too have the same neurological reaction that you feel when you give. This trifecta spreads giving to more people than just you. This is how it works. You ask your neighbour if you can take their dog for a walk, knowing that your neighbour has been challenged with time, or just could do with a break. Your neighbour feels a boost in happiness as you offer and complete your give, the dog is super happy to receive your give of a walk and you feel great and enact the helper’s high in yourself. Your neighbour will then pass that give forward in another way, helping your other neighbour take their garbage out, or sharing some leftovers from dinner with a friend, or baking cookies for someone. This is called the ripple effect of giving. When people witness how they feel when they RECEIVE a give it encourages them to do the same for another. So your give will make a difference in some many more lives as others pass a give forward to another.
Your small act of giving sets an example for others, and creates a chain of giving that will ripple around the world. With some many people posting their daily gives online, their message and example of giving spreads locally and globally.
So a small of giving can have as much of an impact as the large donations that 1% of the wealthiest persons contribute. Your small acts of giving make giving obtainable, easy, habitual and spreads through the rest of the world. Your give will positively affect more people through the ripple of giving. Your give is important. And it all starts with you.
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