If you haven’t heard of the 365 give challenge, then you should definitely look it up. It is a humble thing a mother started with her son which she blogged about online, it then later turned into a movement and has now been introduced and integrated into many schools. It’s a simple challenge, all you have to do is spend the every single day of the year doing a small act of kindness. It doesn’t have to be a grand thing, you can feed a homeless person, donate at a shelter, buy someone a water bottle etc.
The entire point of the challenge is to encourage not just empathy and kindness, but most importantly giving. Since our lives have become so fast paced where we are flying from one place to the next without a moment to glance up and look at our surroundings, we tend to forget our most basic instinctual drive, which is the need to give. You could say that it is already built in us because when we do give or carry out an act of kindness, we end up feeling a number of changes inside our body, especially in our endocrinal system. Our endorphins or happy hormones are released, and at the same time, our cortisol or our stress hormone levels decrease. So, you not only help make someone else’s day brighter, but you also feel lighter afterwards.
So, you don’t have to wait all year or for special events in order to give anyone anything. It doesn’t always have to be grand, sometimes the smallest gifts and gestures speak volumes. Getting a coffee enthusiast friend a new mug, getting your friend socks when they complain about not having new ones etc. They all matter, you can even check out websites like Knack Shops for themed presents and gifts as well.