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Giving and Wellbeing: The Ripple Effect of Giving

Giving creates a ripple effect of kindness that benefits us all. 

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Kindness: give a little, get a lot

In a busy world often dominated by the go, go, go! pursuit of success and individual achievements, the simple act of giving holds incredible power to enhance our overall wellbeing. 


As we approach Time to Talk Day 2024, let's explore the profound impact that giving has on our wellbeing and the wellness of others. Whether it's our time, attention, care, or any form of kindness, can have on our mental and physical health.


The Ripple Effect of Kindness

Giving is not a one-way street - it creates a ripple effect that touches not only the recipient but also the giver. 


This of course includes traditional, physical gifts - birthday presents, office Secret Santa, work-iversary cards - but giving is about more than just stuff. Giving can be as simple (but as powerful) as lending an ear to a friend, helping a family member organise their space, or making a colleague a cup of tea. 


At the heart of giving is kindness, as a mindful practice that goes beyond surface-level politeness. Kindness involves showing compassion, empathy, and understanding to others and ourselves. It's about extending a helping hand, offering a friendly smile, or actively listening to someone in need.


Mindfulness is a practice of being fully present in the moment, fostering a deep connection with thoughts and feelings without judgment. Much like mindfulness, kindness allows us to be fully present in the moment. Through the ripple effect of the dual practice of mindfulness and kindness, giving provides a powerful framework for improving our mental health and overall sense of wellbeing.


Whether it's a small gesture or a more significant commitment of time, the act of giving fosters a sense of connection and purpose, contributing to a more compassionate and caring world.


The Science behind Giving

Believe it or not, giving is so powerful, it has a physiological impact on our mental and physical health! 

Research consistently shows that both giving and receiving acts of kindness positively impact mental health. According to the NHS, acts of giving and kindness can improve our mental wellbeing by: 

  • Creating positive feelings and a sense of reward 

  • Giving us a sense of purpose and self-worth 

  • Helping us to connect with other people 


As we engage in acts of giving, our brains release hormones such as endorphins, associated with feelings of happiness and wellbeing. These hormones not only uplift our mood but also reduce stress and anxiety, providing a significant boost to our mental health.


What’s more, the practice of giving builds emotional resilience, fostering qualities like empathy and gratitude. These qualities, in turn, help us better cope with stress and adversity, making us emotionally stronger. By consistently engaging in acts of giving, we contribute to a more positive outlook on life (for ourselves and others!), essential for building a strong mental health foundation that allows us to thrive.


The benefits of giving extend beyond mental health, as it is boosting our physical wellbeing, too. Physiologically, acts of kindness trigger the release of oxytocin, often referred to as the 'cardioprotective hormone,' which helps reduce stress. Lower stress levels are associated with a reduced risk of various health issues, including cardiovascular problems. Meaning kind acts of giving can improve our physical health too!

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Giving has a ripple effect of kindness

Wellbeing Tips: 20 Little Acts of Giving

Looking for ideas on how to spread the love, share kindness, and start that giving ripple effect? You’re in luck! 


Whether it’s a phone call, volunteering, or something as simple as saying to a co-worker ‘hey, I have the resource, do you need a hand?’, here are our top 20 ideas for little acts of giving:

 

  1. Donate items to a charity shop

  2. Bake or cook for others 

  3. Volunteer at a local shelter 

  4. Provide a workshop on one of your skills 

  5. Gift someone their favourite sweets, chocolate, or snack 

  6. Bring in treats for the office 

  7. Help a friend declutter their wardrobe 

  8. Donate stationary to a local community centre 

  9. Give your seat on the bus or train 

  10. Lend a friend a book 

  11. Share your umbrella when it’s raining 

  12. Buy coffee for a friend 

  13. Help someone move house 

  14. Cut a neighbour’s grass 

  15. Mentor a young person in your industry 

  16. Offer to walk dogs for busy neighbours

  17. Create handmade cards with notes for family and friends

  18. Volunteer to read at a local library

  19. Help a friend with spring cleaning 

  20. Give a co-worker a hand with their workload


Give a Little, Get a Lot

“Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give.” - Ben Carson

To perpetuate kindness, it’s important we don’t associate giving with materialism. Giving is more than just physical gifts – it is about extending a helping hand, offering a friendly smile, or actively listening to someone in need. It is the essence of kindness, a mindful practice that goes beyond surface-level politeness, showing compassion, empathy, and understanding to others and ourselves.


The beauty of giving lies in its ripple effect. It fosters a sense of connection and purpose, contributing to a more compassionate and caring world. Whether it is a small gesture or a more significant commitment of time, the act of giving enriches our lives and the lives of those around us.


Put simply? Give a little, and you'll find that you get a lot in return.


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