Blog Action Day 2008: Poverty, When You Help Others You Help Yourself

Stop Poverty

photo by Stitch

Did you know that a major key to happiness is giving to others? This is substantiated in an excellent book by Rick Foster and Greg Hicks,”How We Choose to Be Happy: The 9 Choices of Extremely Happy People–Their Secrets, Their Stories.” In the book, they describe the profound effect giving to others can have on your level of happiness.

I discovered this book through the Awakening Joy course which I highly recommend.

When was the last time you gave (your time, energy, love, assistance) to someone else and how did it make you feel?

Why not make a difference for someone today by helping to end poverty? Here are 88 ideas to get you started. Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

  • Eat meatless meals 2x a week. Donate that grocery money to a local food bank.
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  • Have a “sponsor me” day. Donate money to a poverty relief cause for everyone who leaves a comment on your blog that day.
  • Skip a weekly trip to the grocery store and donate the money saved to a food bank. I do this once a year for my family of 5. For that week we only eat what is left in the pantry or fridge. By the end of the week, pickings are slim and we get a sense of what it feels like to not have the luxury of tasty, well balanced meals every night.
  • Have dinner on the floor and make it a very small meal (like chicken broth, watered down milk, and maybe a small piece of bread?) Talk about the blessings you have and that the meal represents those who don’t get to eat “big” on a daily basis.
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen!
  • Don’t just talk to your kids about poverty – get them involved by having them go through their toys and clothes to find concrete things to pass along. The next time they want you to buy something for them – talk about what that money could buy for someone who had no food… then follow through and donate the money you didn’t spend.

If you want to get started by making a donation or if you want to learn more, there are several organizations and educational information listed here. Also check out what one person can do to make a difference.

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