Improve your health & happiness in 2015

When I was 10 I decided that I would do the 40hr famine. I was also a budding entrepreneur making beaded jewelry and Christmas decorations which my sisters would sell at their work and I would sell to friends of my parents. Some things have changed, some haven’t.

I was independent and motivated to make a difference. Little did I know then, I was encouraging philanthropy, something which I have remained passionate about and still encourage today.  This is a little something from my 2014: Doubling Your Impact.

This week I read a wrap-up of the JBWere Australian Giving Trends report from August 2014 in the Dec/Jan edition of the Fundraising and Philanthropy Magazine. If you are interested, the full report can be found online here

A few comments stood out for me:

“those who give are sharing their good fortune, what we haven’t done is convince those who aren’t giving to start”

“giving isn’t being taught by families”

 “it’s the fifth year since 2005 that the proportion of people donating has declined on the previous year”

 “a higher proportion of women made gifts than men (37.2% versus 34.2%) and they donated more of their income (0.37% average, versus 0.31%)”

At this time of year we often sit and reflect on the year that was – the highs, the lows and the bits in between. We also set our goals and intentions for the coming year. If you are looking for a tip on how to get more from your goals and reflections, this post might help.

What I believe we are failing to do as individuals is include our philanthropy (financially and/or time), and how we want to contribute, in our annual goals, intentions and reflections.

What is the difference you want to make in 2015 and beyond?

I am grateful for all my opportunities and believe philanthropy (of all shapes and sizes) is an important part of our cultural fabric. Giving helps to build a society we want in the future – one of generosity, compassion and fairness.

Giving is also proven to improve our own health, happiness and social connection. Check out “5 Ways Giving Is Good for You” by The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley.

Put simply, philanthropy leads us to better well-being.

In response to the findings in the JBWere report, I dream that in 2015 and beyond we engage our hearts and minds and choose to make a positive difference in the world in which we live, starting by including giving in our 2015 goal setting.

Peace and happiness,

p.s. Always remember, you have the amazing power to make a positive change in the lives of others – and your own. 



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