We have been talking about our new normal for year now. Dealing with Covid-19 has changed every life on this planet and we are all looking to create our new normal. For now mask wearing, working and learning from home, and video chats with friends and family is what we are defining as our new normal. But we can build on these changes to form new habits that will remain when the world and ourselves adapt better to the existence of Covid-19.
Many people are focusing on what we are missing, but I have to say, I am focusing on the habits that I and others have created and maintained. Glass half full or glass half empty. I prefer a glass half full.
Good habits are great to have. Brushing your teeth is a habit, having breakfast at 8 am is a habit. They let us focus on that activity for a moment, so we can be in the moment, and feel present. That time it takes us to complete our habit, we are focusing on that habit and how it makes us feel. This is the benefit of a coffee break while at work, or recess while at school. Focus on the moment, what we are doing, and then return to our regular day, be it school or work.
This is why we propose that your daily small give becomes a habit. It lets you focus, if only for a small minute, on something that brings you and another person happiness.
During our changed lives, building a daily or weekly giving habit is a no brainer, and I have to say, it has helped me and others get through the changes we have experienced over the last year.
Many of us give on our own, sending text messages of gratitude, delivering meals to family members, having online coffee with a friend, or making a few donations to agencies that need our help. How about sharing this happiness you are feeling with your community group, where you as a group build a habit of giving each together. This small new habit can do wonders for each of you in your community group, while getting all of you to focus on a small act of giving together. A good habit to adopt while we wait this pandemic out.
So this is how you can still engage with your community group and positively effect each other and your community. Start meeting with your community group again but online. Use Whats app video if your group is small, Zoom or google chat for larger groups. That online connection is a wonderful as offline.
Start brainstorming together. List virtual gives you can do together once a week. Set a date and time you will complete your gives at home. This time is important as you will feel part of a bigger give! Write letters to seniors who are in nursing homes. Write letters of thank you to health care workers. Bake at home and send your cookies on the same day to a local health clinic, fire station, or shelter. There are hundreds of ideas you can pull from, all you have to do is complete the task!
Even though you will not be in person doing a give together, the energy produced by a group of people giving simultaneously is powerful. It is this energy that makes giving as a community group so enticing and rewarding. Your community group has its own personality, its own characteristics but there are benefits to giving as a group:
Now who doesn’t that right now? And who doesn’t need that in future. Starting a community group habit of giving now will only enhance your giving powers once you are able to meet in person. If your country has curbed the Covid-19 virus and you have the ability to meet in large groups in person (more than 4 people is really a large group at this point) then how wonderful it must feel to bring some positivity back into your community with small acts of giving.
I know we are talking about community groups but giving is great for everyone. Our normals have changed, we can all agree to that, but that leaves us with an opportunity to build positive new normals that include giving every day. If you are struggling with a feeling of a glass half empty, giving with others virtually will make you feel your glass is overflowing. If you are maintaining a feeling during the pandemic of a glass half full, adding giving to your daily habits will keep that glass half full of happiness, purpose and personal fulfillment. Our new normal will be brighter and happier as we keep giving one give, one day at a time.
Need a bit of help making giving your new normal? Check out 365give and sign up for a free membership. You will have all the giving resources at your fingertips to start giving as your new normal and keeping that glass half full!