The festive season is usually the main time of year we think about giving, but a generous act is something we can strive to do every day.
Generosity can give us a greater sense of purpose and happiness and help us to feel more connected to others. By being generous, we can also inspire others to be kind and giving.
Generosity can come in many forms:
• Donate clothes and household items – do you have clothes or household items such as books and furniture that aren’t getting much use? If they’re still in good condition you could donate them to a charity shop in your area.
• Buy an extra grocery item to donate to charity – some charities seek donations of non-perishable food as well as personal hygiene and household items which are relatively inexpensive to buy. Look out for donation bins in your local supermarket or register to a charity such as Food Bank.
• Give blood – blood donations can help to treat a variety of medical conditions, including cancer, and potentially save lives. Find a blood donation centre in your area and check if you’re eligible to donate.
• Volunteer your time – look for volunteering opportunities with charities and community groups in your local area. You could also help groups or organisations that you or your family are a part of, such as helping out with fundraising events or coaching a sports team. Or simply give your time to help someone you know such as offering to look after a friend’s young children so they can do errands or take some time for themselves.
• Buy from companies that support charities or causes – some companies donate a percentage of their profits or product sales to charities or causes. If you’re planning to make a purchase, consider buying from companies that donate to a cause that resonates with you.
Acts of giving and generosity, no matter how small, can make someone’s day – including yours!