Giving Everyday

So I have always been a “giver” – not sure why – I think it is just in my DNA.  But in the past year with all of the BS going on in our country – I feel like we all need to do something everyday to make someone elses’ life even a little bit better.  This is what I think – if we all chip in and do even something very little – we CAN make a difference in our world.  I just want to be HAPPY EVERY DAY – AND “GIVING” IS WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY!

When my daughter Savannah was about 6, I saw that she was having trouble sharing in school and seemed to be a bit selfish.  I thought that maybe if I started teaching her about volunteering and “giving”, that she might start thinking differently.  I was absolutely right!  The first thing that I did was started to volunteer at Locks of Love, the organization that makes wigs for children with cancer.  She was very quiet on the tour they gave us of the facility and was very emotional with the explanation of what they did for other children. She was a bit “vain” about appearances back then and could not bear to even think of one little girl with no hair because of a disease.  We would go there on the weekend and “sort” hair that they received by mail into different bins according to color and length of the hair.

So she was really taught at a young age about volunteering and throughout the years, we all have enjoyed volunteering with a ton of organizations.  She has belonged to a group “YoungLife” for the past 6 years that enables her to volunteer all over the country.  Last summer she worked at a camp in Georgia that caters to “teen Moms”.  She loves it so much that after college, she would like to become a YoungLife leader.

So I saw this TED Talk video from a Mom who has started 365Give.  It has blown up into a worldwide extravaganza and people from all walks of life are working on this.  So I decided to do it as well.  It has a very simple task – just do 1 thing each day – 1 random act of kindness – 1 small token of your good life – for someone else.  Watch this video – and join us!

I will do 1 post per week on what I did for each of the 7 days of that week!  And I want to hear from you as to what you accomplished!  Come on – it will be fun and it will make us all happy!

The World Happiness Report states “Over 1 billion adults suffer from anxiety and depression.” How do we get to happy? Jacqueline Way, Founder of www.365give.ca shares a secret to happiness so simple a 3 – year old can do it. Jacqueline is a mother of three boys and social good activist dedicated to changing the world 1 give, 1 day at a time. You will learn through her powerful story how your body is hard-wired for giving. Researchers from all over the world have been studying the science and physiological of giving for decades. They’ve discovered giving makes you happy, makes you high, is our bodies natural “Fountain of Youth” and reduces stress. Her inspirational journey with her son and thousands of children will inspire you start a daily giving habit that will make you happy and change the world.

Jacqueline Way is the founder of www.356give.ca a charitable organization dedicated to educating, empowering, and inspiring children to change the world “one give, one day at a time.” You can reach Jacqueline at jacquelineway365give@gmail.com

So in order to make it easy for you and me, I looked online and found a list of 100 Random Acts of Kindness from another blogger, MEGAN SHEAKOSKI, who is the creator of Coffee Cups and Crayons, a blog full of simple fun and learning. Here is her list that I am going to pick 1 per day from to make my difference anywhere I am that day.  Even though her list was made for kids, it really is great for adults too and if you want to include your children – then it’s a WIN WIN!

100 Acts of Kindness for Kids AND ADULTS

  1. Put change in a vending machine.
  2. Hold the door open for someone.
  3. Do a chore for someone without them knowing.
  4. Tell a joke.
  5. Return someone’s cart at the store.
  6. Give candy to your bank teller.
  7. Leave a letter in a library book.
  8. Feed the birds.
  9. Leave happy notes around town.
  10. Put a small bin in your car to collect recycling.
  11. Call your grandparents and ask them about their childhood.
  12. Pick up litter.
  13. Let someone go ahead of you in line.
  14. Compliment a friend.
  15. Wash someone’s car.
  16. Write a thank you note for your mail carrier.
  17. Plant something.
  18. Bake dessert for a neighbor
  19. Walk dogs at the animal shelter.
  20. Check in on an elderly neighbor.
  21. Set up a lemonade stand and donate the profits.
  22. Send a card to a service member.
  23. Bury treasure at the playground.
  24. Set the table for dinner.
  25. Leave bubbles on someone’s doorstep.
  26. Put money on a stranger’s layaway bill.
  27. Tell someone why they are special to you.
  28. Donate outgrown clothes.
  29. Buy a coffee for a stranger.
  30. Pass out stickers to kids waiting in line.
  31. Talk to someone new at school.
  32. Write chalk messages on the sidewalk.
  33. Weed or shovel for a neighbor.
  34. Donate food to the food pantry.
  35. Bring flowers to your teacher.
  36. Tell a manager how good your service was.
  37. Tape change to a parking meter.
  38. Donate socks and supplies to the homeless shelter.
  39. Give a lottery ticket to a stranger.
  40. Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while to say hello.
  41. Tape money for the ice cream truck to a friend’s front door.
  42. Take treats to the fire station.
  43. Read a book to someone.
  44. Leave heads up pennies on the sidewalk.
  45. Donate a book to a doctor’s office waiting room.
  46. Tell someone how much you love them.
  47. Say hello to everyone you see.
  48. Make someone else’s bed.
  49. Hold the door open for someone.
  50. Wave at kids on school buses.
  51. Sing songs at a nursing home.
  52. Invite someone to play on the playground.
  53. Tell the principal how great your teacher is.
  54. Donate a toy to Toys for Tots.
  55. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
  56. Say thank you when you see service members.
  57. Fill a kindness jar with candy for another family.
  58. Make a thank you sign for sanitation workers.
  59. Make a busy bag for a family with young children.
  60. Bring cookies to the custodian.
  61. Help make dinner.
  62. Donate new pajamas for foster kids.
  63. Make a get well card for someone.
  64. Bring your neighbors’ garbage cans up for them.
  65. Take care of someone’s pet while they’re away.
  66. Leave a popcorn surprise on a DVD rental machine.
  67. Share a special toy with a friend.
  68. Clean up your room without being asked.
  69. Tape a video message for faraway friends.
  70. Leave kindness stones at the park.
  71. Give a candy bar to the bus driver.
  72. Send dessert to another family at a restaurant.
  73. Give spare change to the food pantry.
  74. Buy extra school supplies for a teacher.
  75. Make muffins for your pharmacist.
  76. Teach someone something new.
  77. Reuse paper when you are drawing.
  78. Pay for someone’s toll.
  79. Give someone a hug coupon.
  80. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
  81. Write a note for someone’s lunch.
  82. Collect money or items for your favorite charity.
  83. Donate coloring books and crayons to the children’s hospital.
  84. Write a poem for a friend.
  85. Ask for donations instead of birthday gifts.
  86. Help someone unload groceries at the store.
  87. Make a candy gram for the police department.
  88. Collect books for the library.
  89. Adopt an animal online.
  90. Decorate tissue boxes and hand sanitizer for nursing stations.
  91. Make a homemade gift for someone.
  92. Clean up your toys without being asked.
  93. Deliver water bottles to the homeless shelter.
  94. Create activity bags for families of deployed soldiers.
  95. Give high fives to a friend.
  96. Make a thank you card for your librarian.
  97. Dry the slides at the park with a towel after it rains.
  98. Make play dough for a preschool class.
  99. Send a postcard to a friend.
  100. Smile at everybody. It’s contagious!

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