7 Ways to Be a part of #GivingTuesday
even If you have no money
I believe that a life well-lived is one that leaves a positive mark on the world. This #GivingTuesday, even if you can't give monetarily, try to give back by encouraging, helping and supporting others. Here are a few specific ideas about how to do that! Let me know on social media and in the comments below if you tried any of these ideas!
Normally we shouldn't brag about our giving, but today is about rallying the world together under this cause, so share what you do and encourage others!
Spread Kindness to a Stranger. Compliment the cashier at the grocery store, make a really well-thought-out comment on someone's Instagram post, stop and talk to the man at you grocery store who is homeless (of course, always be safe when talking to strangers). Little or large, think of how to take an extra step today to brighten someone's day.
Send a Kind Note. If you're like me, you'll think about a friend or family member during the day, "Hm, I wonder how so-and-so is doing?" and then you'll just go along with your day.
Or you'll scroll past a picture and think, "They're
so cool, totally inspires me" and then you just keep scrolling. Well today, pause, stop scrolling, and send them a message! Take the time to really tell that person what they mean to you, acknowledge something really awesome they've done or tell them how they've encouraged you.
Encourage a Coworker. Is there someone in your office who just bothers you? Give them a compliment today or ask them how they're doing. Is there someone who sits alone at lunch, no one talks to them? Skip your social media catch up at lunch and approach them! Maybe you could bring some cookies into the office to share or send a group message of encouragement.
Use Your Skills. If you're a creative or a freelancer, you have to be careful about offering things for free. We all have to be realistic with our time. But if you have the opportunity today, maybe offer to do a project for someone. You're a photographer? Offer to take a nice photo of a stranger and send it to them. You're handy around the house? Call your grandma and ask if there's anything you can do for her for a few hours. You're a social media savant? Offer to schedule out some content for a friend who has a small business. Try to find something you can spend 1-2 hours working on this evening for someone else.
Share other's campaigns. You'll see a lot of campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. If you can't donate yourself, share a campaign that a friend is promoting! Support their donating goal by encouraging them and spreading the word.
Volunteer. And of course, this is always a fantastic way to give back to your community when you aren't able to do so financially. I challenge you, even if it's just spending one day at an SPCA or a retirement home or your church, find a way to give some time to others.
Give $2. Even if you feel like you're totally broke, try to give a few dollars to some cause close to your heart. #GivingTuesday isn't about giving a ton of money. It's a movement that rallies the whole internet to focus on giving back. You may underestimate how powerful it is to participate, even by giving just a few dollars. If everyone on Facebook gave one dollar, we could change countless lives. Your participation makes a difference, no matter the dollar amount.
Have you done any of these things today? Encourage the rest of us by sharing in the comments!