30 Days of Giving

What: 30 days of giving to others, to the world and to yourself!

When: Begins with blog post on November 23 talking about 4th pillar, 30 days runs from November 24 to December 23.

November 24

Who are you grateful for? Your mother, father, children, spouse, extended family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, pets. Take a few minutes to write it down and then pick one person and tell them why you appreciate them.

November 25

Get rid of 5 things you no longer need/want and give them to a local charity.

November 26

Say hello to a stranger with a BIG smile. 🙂

November 27

Open the door for someone.

November 28

Do an anonymous act of kindness: fill a parking meter, pay for the person’s coffee behind you, etc.

November 29

Think of one gift or talent you have (creating logos/graphics/animations, cooking, creating workout routines, etc.) and share that strength with someone today.

November 30

Send a text to someone you appreciate. Let them know you are thinking of them. Better yet, tell them specifically what it is you appreciate about them.

December 1

Say yes to life! Say yes to something today you would normally say no to; e.g., someone asking for a donation, someone who offers their help (May I help you? YES!), etc.

December 2

Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while.

December 3

Take on a task that your spouse/significant other usually does.

December 4

What is one thing that has inspired you lately? Send an email to the person you either heard about it from or the person who created it—and thank them for their work.

December 5

Pay someone a compliment. (Be sincere!)

December 6

What around you are you grateful for? Physical surroundings (such as a house, car, city or state), external surroundings (such birds chirping, sun shining, rain falling) or emotional surroundings (such as the love you feel for or from someone). Go spend a few minutes there, distraction free, and soak it in!

December 7

Think of a “simple daily luxury” that you get the privilege of enjoying. What did not exist 10, 20, 50 years ago that is a regular part of your daily life now? Healthy, easily accessible food; the TV; the iPhone; being able to fly almost anywhere in the world; air conditioning, etc. Take a few minutes to write it down and appreciate it!

December 8

Send a handwritten thank-you note to someone you admire.

December 9

What do you feel lucky to have that some others may not? Food, water, warmth, family, friends, health. Take time today to savor this!

December 10

Give a small gift to a neighbor. Whether something you made or simply helping them out (dropping their newspaper at their door).

December 11

Say thank you 5 times today!

December 12

Think of someone you know who is going through a challenging time. Send them a note—or better yet, send them this video.

December 13

Meditate for 10 minutes.

December 14

Clean out your junk drawer or medicine cabinet.

December 15

Give someone a high five today. (Hint: it doesn’t have to be a child!)

December 16

Let someone go ahead of you in line—just because!

December 17

Get rid of any clothing items you have not worn in 1 year. Be sure to give them to someone who could use them!

December 18

Give someone a hug—count to 10 and squeeze tight while doing so!

December 19

Schedule some self-love—maybe a massage, a few minutes to yourself, etc.

December 20

Set a timer for 7 minutes and write down everything you can think of that you are grateful for. Use these 25 questions if you need a little help.

December 21

Focus on actively listening to someone today—tips for active listening can be found here.

December 22

Make something for someone—this can be something edible, a playlist, an art piece, anything! Just create and then share.

December 23

Give back to the giving challenge. Take a few minutes to share with us what you gained by giving, and let us know how we can make it better in the future!
We would love to know how you feel about the 30 Days of Giving!
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