There is a famous Chinese proverb that says, “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” This time of year is a great time to reflect on the act of giving.
There are many opportunities this month to make an impact – tutoring a peer through YTeach, reaching out to a grandparent when they least expect it, providing items for a food drive to help a family in need. Take the time to look for opportunities to help someone else. Research often shows that the more you give, the more you get in return. If you consider highly successful people, like Richard Branson, Oprah, or Bill Gates, they are all some of the top philanthropists in the world, they are always looking for ways to help others.
Some of our greatest successes in life can come from helping others, and when you focus on helping others succeed, the payoff is often greater than your initial investment. You should also consider some of the psychological benefits of giving. Studies have found correlations between giving and a feeling of belonging or connection. In adddition, people usually give, whether it be their time or money, for causes they truly believe in. This opens up a network to meet other people who have similar interests and can possibly open doors to other opportunities. Giving also helps boost confidence, happiness, and foster a deeper empathy and understanding of people.
For #MakeItHappen Monday, find different ways that you can give back. You may find that you are rewarded much more than what you gave. We decided to give back too! This month, we will be giving away some cool YTeach merch for students who schedule at least 5 sessions and are giving their time to learn. Let us know how you are giving back and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or share your story and tag us on social.
Go make it happen,
Luly & the YTeach Team
“Since you get more joy by giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt