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We have all probably heard sayings such as : “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.” In history, some pretty amazing people have said the exact same things: that happiness is ultimately found by helping others…by giving back to those in need.

For it is in giving that we receive — Saint Francis of Assisi
The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity —Leo Tolstoy
The best things to do with the best things in life is to give them away. – Dorothy Day
The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own – lao tzu
We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. – Winston S. Churchill
When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed – Maya Angelou
We all really do learn from an early age the importance of kindness, the importance of helping others and we’ve all heard the saying “It is better to give than to receive”. In fact, we pretty much had it drummed into our heads…but the real difference is in those people who actually take this to heart and understand the importance of volunteering, of doing charity work, of giving back. They actually get involved in “giving back” and although it is not always easy and sometimes we are in situations that are sad and don’t make us feel entirely wonderful they are helping to make a difference.
Helping others is not only a powerful pathway to growing personally and happiness it is reported to active certain pleasure zones in the brain and ultimately helping others makes us feel good.

Helping others may just be the secret to living a life that is not only happier but also healthier, more productive, and meaningful.

Here are some tips to that will help you give not until it hurts, but until it feels great:

1. Find your passion

Finding what you are passionate about should be the foundation of your “giving back”. Remember its not “how much” we give but it is “how much love” we put into that giving.

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Ben has definitely found his passion for helping the children in a small town in Burundi, East Africa!

2. Give your time

The gift of time is often more valuable to the receiver and more satisfying for the giver than the gift of money. We don’t all have the same amount of money, but we all do have time on our hands, and can give some of this time to help others—whether that means we devote our lifetimes to service, or just give a few hours each day or a few days a year.

An example is my friend, Ben Hobden, who is from right here in Edmonton, Alberta. Ben is a University of Alberta graduate who found his passion for “helping others” in a small, landlocked country in eastern Africa, Burundi where Ben has volunteer to teach children at one of their schools. What he sees on a daily basis is completely heart breaking yet what he is doing to try and help the children he works with will make a difference. Ben not only teaches but he has started a GoFundMe to help bring some resources to these children.

Check us out weekly as Ben will be providing us with updates how some of the people…the children he works with. What he sees is heart breaking but the relationships he is building is priceless.

3. Give to organizations with transparent aims and results

It is reported that “Giving to a cause that specifies what they’re going to do with your money leads to more happiness than giving to an umbrella cause where you’re not so sure where your money is going.” This is why we support Ben Hobden and the fundraising for the children of Burundi! This is the most transparent fund raising but a local Edmontonion doing first hand work in one of the poorest and unsafe countries in the world.

4. Find ways to integrate your interests and skills with the needs of others

“Selfless giving, in the absence of self-preservation instincts, easily becomes overwhelming,” says Adam Grant, author of Give & Take. It is important to be “otherish,” which he defines as being willing to give more than you receive, but still keeping your own interests in sight.

An example is my friend, Ben Hobden, who is from right here in Edmonton, Alberta. Ben is a University of Alberta graduate who found his passion for “helping others” in a small, landlocked country in eastern Africa, Burundi where Ben has volunteer to teach children at one of their schools. What he sees on a daily basis is completely heart breaking yet what he is doing to try and help the children he works with will make a difference. Ben not only teaches but he has started a GoFundMe to help bring some resources to these children.

Check us out weekly as Ben will be providing us with updates through his Instagram and on Facebook how some of the people…the children he works with. What he sees is heart breaking but the relationships he is building is priceless. I would like to reach out and ask Canadians to “step up” and show the children of Burundi what we can really do to help people who really need us.

Follow Ben as he works with an amazing group of children with a goal to get them off the streets and into an orphanage and into school where they will have a chance.

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The goal is to get these kids off the street!

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