Giving generously (on a budget)
Hey all, Em here today.
I want to share some ways you can still be generous to others, even when you’re on a tight budget yourself. It can be so easy to get caught up in the daily grind, or spending all your free energy thinking about how you can improve your own situation. This can be stressful and will really get you down in the long run.
There’s plenty of evidence out there that if we can help and give to others, our own well-being will improve, along with theirs. Giving to others helps us feel good about life, and puts us in a positive mindframe. It’s a win-win situation for you and the person you are giving to, so why wouldn’t you do this?
But I don’t have any money to give….
And that is more than okay. There are so many other ways you can be generous or help somebody out than trying to compete with the wonderfully altruistic Bill Gates and donating big chunks of cash to your favorite causes. Anyway, giving a bit of time to someone, or making something for someone will help you build friendships and ties much more than just giving money ever would.
Here are some of my favorites:
- Give your time. In today’s busy world, time is a really valuable currency. There are so many ways you can use your time to help people, for example
- Help an elderly neighbor with their shopping
- Take part in a working bee to clean up a local beach or park
- Volunteer with a local charity (maybe you can do an hour of admin work a week, or help them collect donations)
- Give food. Everyone loves food! Here are three ways you can be generous with food:
- Donate items to your local food bank or pet shelter: you can add just one tin of food to your weekly shop for this one to work
- Invite your friends over for dinner. This is a lot cheaper than going out, and they will love the home cooked meal. Here is a link to some ideas for cheap meals.
- Bake something yummy to contribute to the local school’s next bake sale
- Give to charity. You can give a small amount, but it can go a long way. I really enjoyed reading this article on being generous when you’re broke, it has two great examples to show you how even a little bit of money can go a long way: did you know that just $7 can provide lifesaving vaccinations for a child? You can visit www.end7.org if you want to start giving right now.
Give it a try
I hope you feel inspired to try being generous now. This may not help you get out of financial debt, but it will increase your personal happiness and well-being in amounts that can’t be measured. Our health is our real wealth, so be active in looking after yours by giving something of yourself today.
Please share any other ways you’re being generous, it would be great to hear how you’re making the world a happier place
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