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#100HelpingDays is a movement designed to help people of all ages and walks of life spread the message of hope, redemption, and love. Inspired by the notion of “paying it forward” this campaign challenges people to set aside time for the next 100 days to help others in some way. No act is too big, or too small. The message is clear and the goal is simple.

Can you do your part to help make the world a little better for the next 100 days?

helping fosters social connection and good karma.

When you give, you’re more likely to get back: Several studies suggest that when you give to others, your generosity is likely to be rewarded by others down the line – sometimes by the person you helped, sometimes by someone else.

Helping makes us feel happy.

A 2008 study by Harvard Business School found that giving money to someone else lifted participants’ happiness more than spending it on themselves (despite participants’ prediction that spending on themselves would make them happier).

Helping is good for our health

A wide range of research has linked different forms of generosity to better health, even among the sick and elderly.

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Helping evokes gratitude.

Whether you’re on the giving or receiving end, helping can elicit feelings of gratitude and research has found that gratitude is integral to happiness, health, and social bonds.

Helping is contagious.

When we give, we don’t only help the immediate recipient of our gift. We also spur a ripple effect of generosity through our community that can influence dozens or even hundreds of people.

5 Steps to Get Started

1. LOOK

Look around you. Who do you see that could use a little extra help? It may be someone you know, it may be someone you don’t.

2. DO

Now you need to determine the what. What random act of kindness can you do to help bring a bit of hope and appreciation to that person’s life?

3. DOCUMENT

Document your act – whether it’s in words, pictures, or video – and share it with the world using the hashtag #100HelpingDays

4. ENJOY

Take joy in the fact that you’ve become part of a bigger movement to encourage others to help each other and make the world a better place.

 

5. REPEAT

Repeat for 99 more days.

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