Imagine a day when you could clean house and get rid of clutter, show someone that you care, gift small things to strangers, and generally making the world a better place. Yes, this day does, in fact, exist and on July 15 we celebrate National Give Something Away Day!
National Give Something Away Day timeline
American children’s picture book “The Giving Tree” is published.
Linda Eaton Hall-Fulcher creates National Give Something Away Day to encourage generosity.
In the United States, giving is on the rise.
The total charitable giving amounts to $410.02 billion.
National Give Something Away Day Activities
Buy a meal or drink to give to someone
Pay for the person behind you in line at the coffee shop. Buy a to-go meal and hand it to the homeless person outside. Pack a small purse or backpack that you don't want anymore — with things like socks, snacks, and toothbrushes and gift it to a homeless person. Compassion is a virtue that needs nurturing.
Donate clothing to a thrift store
Check all the closets in your house... are there things there that you haven't worn in years? Giving your useful clothing away gives someone with less means the opportunity to look sharp, maybe even at their job interview.
Give flowers away
Flowers are a simple way to brighten someones day — with color, smell, and a breath of greenery to bring nature to their desk or table. Give flowers to your co-workers, your housemate, or your significant other.
Why We Love National Give Something Away Day
Giving things away brightens someone else's day
What better way to make your day count, than by making someone else happy? When you make other people happy, you get a sense of peace and happiness that only things like philanthropy can achieve.
Giving things away gives a sense of lightness
When you get rid of things, your life becomes infinitely more simple and free. The feeling one gets from removing items that you might not have needed or were not using, gives you a sense of freedom.
Giving Decreases Stress
Less clutter = less stress. The less stuff you have, the less things you have to worry about and the better you will feel. And we all know that how bad stress can be for you and the health benefits of decreasing stress.
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