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Season of Giving: Five Ways to “Give Differently” This Year

Each winter, everyone seems to get into the giving spirit – which is great! There are a ton of ways to make the world a better place – like making an end-of-year donation to an organization you care about, volunteering at a soup kitchen.

But maybe you’re in the mood to change things up and do something different? If so, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 unconventional ways to give in this season of giving.

 Donate Your Old Phone. MTV Act and DoSomething.org are running an awesome campaign to let you donate your own cell phone and help survivors of domestic abuse.

Get Swabbed. Help save a life – all by getting your cheek swabbed and getting signed up for a bone marrow donation registry. Find out how at Gift of Life or Swab a Cheek.

Donate Your Hair. Got lovely long tresses? There are lots of organizations that let you donate your locks to make wigs for cancer patients, and other people experiencing medical hair loss. Check out these organizations to get started.

Write Someone’s BubbeCheck out Reach Out America’s pen pal program to connect with an elderly person as a pen pal. Make a new friend and make their day – and yours!

Donate Your Artistic (or Volunteering) Talent. Life Beat’s Hearts & Voices program organizes artists to perform for people living with AIDS in healthcare facilities throughout New York City. Got talent to share? Volunteer to play, sing, dance, or perform. Or, volunteer to help set up and run the events – no musical skills required.

Got another untraditional way to give? Let us know in the comments or by tweeting @repairtheworld!

Season of Giving: Donate Gently Used Coats To Keep Others Warm

It’s that time again: coat drive time! According to New York Cares, 90% of homeless adults need a new, warm coat each winter because they have no place to keep one over the summer months. That means, coat drives play an important role every year in making sure everyone has equal access to warm clothing during the colder months.

So dig into your closet and find any and all gently used, unwanted coats and donate! Here are a few coat drive opportunities across the country:

New York Cares’ Coat Drive: Help this New York City-based organization collect 200,000 winter coats through February 7 to help New York City families who are living in poverty keep warm.
One Warm Coat: This national organization helps individuals and local charities organize coat drives for men, women and children in need. They’ve helped distribute close to 3 million coats since 1992. Help them do even more!
Clothes4Souls: This national clothing donation organization teamed up with outdoor retailer, The North Face, this holiday season. Through December 24, bring your gently used clothing and coats to participating North Face retail locations and help give the gift of warmth.

Do you know about a local coat drive in your neighborhood or city? Let us know by tweeting @repairtheworld.

8 Nights of Giving Thanks: Write Thank You Notes

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. And this week it’s also Hanukkah! To celebrate, Repair the World presents 8 Nights of Giving Thanks: tips and thoughts for filling the Festival of Lights with gratitude.

Chances are, you received or will be receiving a gift or two this holiday season. On the seventh night of giving thanks, now’s the time to remember to send thank you notes. Like always. Whether you unwrapped the gift of your dreams, or all you got was a bag of gelt from your great aunt Esther, someone thought about you and deserves to be thanked. And we don’t mean a text or an e-card. Now’s the time to break out the stamps and send a real, handwritten thank you note!

 

8 Nights of Giving Thanks: Set a Visual Gratitude Reminder

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. And this week it’s also Hanukkah! To celebrate, Repair the World presents 8 Nights of Giving Thanks: tips and thoughts for filling the Festival of Lights with gratitude.

On our sixth night of gratitude, it’s time for a check in. How’s it been going for you? Have you tapped into the magical realm of feeling truly grateful and expressing those feelings with others? Or, maybe not so much?

If you are struggling to stay motivated in your gratitude, a visual reminder can help. Find a quote, or a photograph, or an object that helps you tap into your reserves of gratitude and keep it in your line of sight. Whenever you need a little reminder that life has so many things to be grateful for, just take a look. You can even wear your gratitude on your sleeve.

8 Nights of Giving Thanks: Turn Negatives Into Positives

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. And this week it’s also Hanukkah! To celebrate, Repair the World presents 8 Nights of Giving Thanks: tips and thoughts for filling the Festival of Lights with gratitude.

Are you a glass half empty or a glass half full type of person? (Or one of those smart cookies who says the glass is always full – half with liquid, and half with air!) Now is your chance to live on the happy side of life.

Everybody has ups and downs in the course of their year, month, or eve day. On the fifth night of giving thanks, take a few minutes to turn some negatives in your life into positives by finding their silver lining. The more positive thoughts you think, the happier life will be – in this season of giving thanks and all year round.

8 Nights of Giving Thanks: Keep a Gratitude Journal

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. And this week is also Hanukkah! To celebrate, Repair the World presents 8 Nights of Giving Thanks: tips and thoughts for filling the Festival of Lights with gratitude.

Gratitude is a wonderful thing, but it doesn’t always come naturally. One way to cultivate a sense of thankfulness is to start a gratitude journal. It’s easy: just write down the top 2 (or 5 or 10!) things you feel grateful for right now, and repeat on a regular basis.

Starting a gratitude journal can actually change your whole outlook on life. The more you actively think about and write down the things you fee; grateful for, the more you’ll begin to notice those moments appearing in your life. Here’s how to get started:

1. Get a journal. You can make notes on your computer if you like, but we recommend using a real, paper journal. It’s more fun that way!

2. Set a fixed journalling time. It can be lunch time, when you get home from work/school, right before bed – whenever makes the most sense for you. And consistency is key, so keep with it. Set a reminder on your phone to help you remember.

3. Write something. Some days you’ve got gratitude coming out of your ears; other days, not so much. But whether you write about something huge (the birth of your baby niece, graduating college, or the thoughtful birthday gift you received), or small (the smile you shared with the person checking out your groceries, not losing your keys for once), get in the practice of finding and writing about gratitude in your daily life.

4. Read it. Every month or two, take 20 minutes to read through what you’ve written. We bet you’ll have forgotten all about that one amazing thing that happened 5 weeks ago – and that reading about it will bring those feelings of gratitude right back!

Do you keep a gratitude journal? Share your advice and tips in the comments below or by tweeting @repairtheworld.

8 Nights of Giving Thanks: Let People Know You Appreciate Them

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. And this week it’s also Hanukkah! To celebrate, Repair the World presents 8 Nights of Giving Thanks: tips and thoughts for filling the Festival of Lights with gratitude.

Do you ever feel under-appreciated? Do you ever find yourself thinking that all your hard work has gone unnoticed? We’ve all been there. And together, we can all change that!

On the fourth night of giving thanks, make a commitment to give someone a compliment every day. Yep, every single day. Like the mailman’s tie? Tell him! Appreciate the sandwich your friend shared with you the other day when you forgot to bring yours? Let them know how generous they are. Think your coworker’s been doing an awesome job lately? Make their day with a compliment. (And maybe, if you’re feeling super generous, bring them a cupcake while you’re at it.) Show the people that you’re close to, or even those you do not know that you are grateful for them. You will make their day, and yours too.

8 Nights of Giving Thanks: Gratitude 2.0

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. And this week is also Hanukkah! To celebrate, Repair the World presents 8 Nights of Giving Thanks: tips and thoughts for filling the Festival of Lights with gratitude.

Like everything, cultivating a sense of gratitude – feeling grateful for the good things in your life, and expressing that gratefulness to others – doesn’t always come naturally. It can take practice. Fortunately, there are a ton of useful apps and websites out there that make feeling and sharing gratitude simple and fun. From gratitude journal apps to apps that let you send a treat to friends as a way of saying thanks, here are some of our faves:

ThankfulFor This website lets people post their feelings of gratitude publicly or set up a gratitude journal.

Gratitude 365 Keep a gratitude journal with this easy-to-use app, and never lose track of the things that make you feel grateful.

Gratitude Stream Let friends and family instantly know what you’re feeling grateful for with this app.

Treater This Smartphone app lets people send gifts to friends – a great way to say “thanks!”

Red Stamp This app lets people send personalized cards via mail, email, text, or social media. Why not send one to say “thank you?”

How do you use technology to help cultivate gratitude in your daily life? Let us know in the comments or by tweeting us at @repairtheworld.

8 Nights of Giving Thanks: Gratitude at the Thanksgiving Table

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. And starting tonight it’s alsoHanukkah! To celebrate, Repair the World presents 8 Nights of Giving Thanks: tips and thoughts for filling the Festival of Lights with gratitude.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so tonight – as we light the first Hanukkah candles (very early this year, we know!) – is the perfect time to think about how to bring gratitude to your table on Thanksgiving and all year round.

In between prepping your turkey, baking a pumpkin pie, and mashing those potatoes, take a second to write up some simple “gratitude cards” for your table. They could say things: “What are you thankful for this year?” “I couldn’t live without _______.” “My wish for everyone at this table: _______” or “Who are you most thankful for?” Decorate them however you’d like and scatter them across your dinner table tomorrow, encouraging guests to pick them up and answer them.

Jewish tradition also has a long tradition of giving thanks by blessing food before a meal, and expressing our satisfaction for having eating it after. Learn more about those blessings here and here, or find your own ways to express gratitude for the incredible bounty of Thanksgiving.

How will you give thanks at your Thanksgiving table? Let us know in the comments or by tweeting us at @repairtheworld.

8 Nights of Giving Thanks: Night 1

Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. And starting tonight it’s also Hanukkah! To celebrate, Repair the World presents 8 Nights of Giving Thanks: tips and thoughts for filling the Festival of Lights with gratitude.
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