Looking to start a family 365give Challenge? Over the ages, influential people have been praising the benefits of giving and showing kindness to others. At 365give we want to challenge you and your family/roommates/workmates or virtual mates, to start a giving challenge. Doing something every day can seem a little overwhelming sometimes, so start with a week of thoughtful gives, then increase your challenges to longer periods of time. Here are some inspiring quotes to get you enthused and kickstart your Family 365give Challenge.
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” Mohammed Ali
The idea behind this quote is that we aren’t owed anything from life. Just because you exist, does not mean you are entitled to a certain way of life. We must behave with gratitude and express our appreciation for life, by trying to improve other people’s experiences, in whatever way we can. Be kind to everyone you meet, in-person and online; small gestures of compassion can hugely influence others and even inspire other people to do the same. Einstein had a similar train of thought, when he put it this way:
“It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” Albert Einstein
This brings to mind the need to give back to our planet, by taking care of animals and the environment. Humans are destructive to the planet, and eating meat is a big part of what is negatively affecting our environment. For your Family Challenge try going vegetarian or vegan for 1 full week, to see if every family member can do it. This can be your family ‘planet give’ and moving forwards, ensure at least one day each week is veggie/vegan only. Make a list of other ‘planet gives’ you can do as a family, like switching off lights in empty rooms and reducing plastic waste.
“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others” Gandhi
This Gandhi quote can help those struggling to find themselves or make sense of the world. Sometimes a good antidote for depression and feelings of hopelessness is to consider what you can do for other people, and get out of your own thoughts. As Abraham Lincoln said:
“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.” – Abraham Lincoln
Be generous with your time and patience for other people. Take care of someone else in need and your emotions can seem less intense and overwhelming.
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” Anne Frank
It’s a common misconception to think that giving involves money or funds. Find ways to give that don’t cost a penny or cent. As a family, see who can do a full week of no-cost gives. Special rewards for whoever is the first to do a give for someone outside of the family (of course, don’t forget to stay safe!). If you are successful, make this a daily habit, as is the 365give method! As a family, check in with each other about what your gives were each day – fun and uplifting dinnertime chats to be had!
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu
Lao Tzu was an ancient Chinese philosopher and poet, and the founder of the philosophy of Taoism, a religious and ethical custom of ancient China. If you love this quote and the idea of living with kindness and purpose in all you do, explore the philosophy of Taoism; it might help you to become even better at giving, and inspire a new outlook on life.
“Life’s persistent and most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Martin Luther King Jr.
As if MLK didn’t do enough for humankind, he also gave us this exceptional giving quote to live by. As a family project, make a beautiful decorative sign with these words. Put it up somewhere central in your house as a daily reminder for your family of their giving quest.
Feeling inspired to give the 365give Challenge a go? Get your family (or team) together now and start your own list of gives that you can do for others each day. As Anne Frank said, they needn’t cost any money, and they will make you richer in more important ways. More inspiration can be found at 365give!