We’ve talked before about the power of gratitude and how much we receive when we make the time to volunteer and help others.
Studies have shown that there actually exists a sort of Helpers High which occurs post-volunteering/kind act.
This burst of euphoria/endorphins followed by a long period of immense calm is only one of many positive physical manifestation of acts of kindness.
Stress related health problems have been shown to decrease following volunteering/kind acts and, amazingly, the health benefits/sense of well being can return for hours or even days merely when the helping act is remembered.
What’s my point with all this Rah Rah Go Volunteerism! info?
It’s almost Tweetsgiving and, this year, Im inviting you to join me.
Scheduled for November 24 – 26, 2009, TweetsGiving is a global celebration that seeks to change the world through the power of gratitude.
This 48 hour event was created by Epic Change and encourages us to express thanks using online tools & at live get-togethers across the world.
(I know. That’s the kicker huh? Those of us who are working to live more & be online LESS cant escape this one as they actually encourage us to meet up with Tweeple, err, people in real life at gratitude gatherings)
Guest are invited to give to a common cause in honor of those people and things that make them grateful.
Epic Change launched the original TweetsGiving in November 08, with just six days of planning and only two days before the US Thanksgiving holiday, successfully raising over $10,000 to build a classroom in Arusha, Tanzania. Now those students need a technology lab to equip them for participation in a global marketplace.
Bottom line? This is an easy one to participate in, People. Simply tell the world what you are most grateful for (in a tweet, a blog post, or at a Gratitude Gathering in your home/city) and if you can afford to DONATE IN IN HONOR OF THAT.
I’ve chose to participate in a simple and personal way.
I, personally, feel called to leave my domicile SHOCKING I KNOW attend a gathering (look here for one in your city).
If I didnt I think I would have made a traditional donation to a charity of my choice.
That, however, isnt what this is about.
It’s about being grateful.
And, in my opinion, always walking around with an eye to what act (no matter how seemingly small) we might do to make another person’s life a little easier.
It’s about this:
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emmerson
Join me? It’s really pretty easy–just be grateful on the 24th.