The art of giving

Being generous and giving to others comes from the same place inside us as our true happiness. In fact, the two are entwined. 

A gift is something that is therefore enjoyed twice. The person who gives the gift takes pleasure in offering something special to someone and the other person feels happy to receive the gift.

Giving comes in many forms including small personal acts of kindness and is not limited to an exchange of presents. The ‘art of giving’ is underpinned by very simple principles:

  • You have something to give.
  • The more you give the happier you feel.
  • It is effortless and without expectation of anything in return.

In our community, there are many ways you can give. In times of crisis people often donate to the causes that they hold dear through fundraising or disaster relief efforts. We ask ourselves: how can we help the most vulnerable or disadvantaged among us?

Consider those who have been historically and systematically marginalised and seek out smaller, local groups who have been working with their community for a long time to help you prioritise where help is needed most.

Here are a few things to consider when you are thinking about how you can give and to who:

  • Find local food relief centres or look out for food distribution points in your community. Ask if they need anything.
  • Look for ways you can provide support either monetary or through volunteering your time.
  • Consider donating blood if you are healthy.

Another way you can have a direct impact is by connecting with your neighbours and people who live in your street and near your house.

We’ve prepared a card you can print and personalise. The idea is to offer your time to support a neighbour in whichever way may be helpful. You can drop these into your neighbour’s letterbox.

Please respect the following guidelines:

  • Follow advice from government and health authorities.
  • Only undertake activities that you feel comfortable and safe doing.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap.
  • Practise physical distancing, keeping at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
  • Do not let people into your home, especially strangers.

Page last updated: Monday, 4 July 2022