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Giving is one of the proven ways to increase your feelings of happiness & satisfaction with life. But not all giving practices are the same. Find the giving practice that fits your personality type.

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  • 1. Happiness &GivingSimple Ways to Give thatwill make you Happier(based on the Myers-Briggs, take it all with a grain of salt!)

2. Science tells usPracticing giving is one way toincrease your feeling of happinessand satisfaction with life.But there is no one-sizefits all for ways to give.Find a way to give that fits yourpersonality type. 3. Extrovert(talkative, think out loud, get energized by being around people)Volunteer. Studies show one of the best ways toincrease your happiness by giving is to volunteer.Give your time to a cause, organization or effortthat you believe in, that makes you feel like youare part of something greater than yourself andin a way that makes you feel like you are havingan impact. You can volunteer in all kinds or ways,from helping a neighbor, picking up trash once aweek at a local park or on the streets on yourown, becoming an official volunteer at anorganization, and many other ways. 4. Introvert(reserved, avoid the lime-light, recharge from quiet time)Random Act of Kindness. There are all kinds of ways togive a random act of kindness. Here are a few: Buy acoffee for the person behind you in line. Send flowers to afriend. Text someone you love telling them how wonderfulthey are. Pick up trash left on the street. Complimentsomeone on their nice tie, hair style, pretty shirt (keep itgenuine). Bake cookies for work or friendly gathering.Encourage someone who is struggling with words, a card, acall, a gift or a hug. Let someone in line go in front of you.Make a positive comment on a blog post. Use less water(turn off the water when you brush your teeth or take longshowers once a week instead of every time). Rake theleaves or shovel snow for your neighbor. Let yourimagination go on this one! And dont forget to be kindto yourself too! 5. Intuitive(big-picture - idea - conceptual person, prefer potential to actual)Listen , Really Listen. Take the time to focus onthe person you are giving to. Ask questions tomake sure you understand. Try to keep all yourquestions in the form of clarifications such as Iheard you say (what you heard) , did I hearcorrectly? Seek to understand as if what theywere saying were the most important thing in theworld. Dont offer advise or observations unlessthey ask you to. Thank the person for taking thetime to talk. 6. Realist(specific - literal person, attention to detail, focused on reality)Give Eats. Make a meal, have a meal delivered,bring takeout or take someone to dinner.Feeding someone is one of the oldest ways togive. Breaking bread with someone alsostrengthens relationship. Give this way when youdo not have anything you need, an importanttopic to discuss or something to get off yourchest. Let the meal be the gift and your recipientguide the conversation. Give a basket of food anddrink that will make for a nice meal if you cant ordont want to join the meal. 7. Logical(uses logical reasoning, level headed, fairness & justice held highly )Donate Money to a charity, non-profit or for causeorganization. Studies show this has long termpositive impact on your feeling of happiness. Signup for automated monthly donations to the causeyou believe in, or donate one time. Even a fewdollars can make a difference for the recipient andfor you! If you are low on money, you can give anact of service, such as housecleaning, baking orcooking a meal, as an item for a silent auction for anon-profit working on a cause you believe in. 8. Pleaser(warm, empathetic, forgiving, seeks harmony, sees the best in people)Give to yourself! If you spend a lot of time giving to others, it isprobably time to give to you, There are lots of ways to give to you:Say nice things to yourself. If you have a hard time doing this, writedown nice things about you and post them on the bathroom mirror,kitchen window, bedside table, etc. Refresh your sweet messages toyourself once a week with new nice things about you. Give yourself awellness day and spend the time doing something that feels reallygood, whether sleeping, hiking or watching your episodes of yourfavorite show back to back. Take yourself to the movies, museum orzoo. Schedule a massage or the long overdue doctor or dentistappointment. Treat yourself to some delicious and healthy treats, likea fruit and veggie smoothie. Buy yourself some vitamins (and takethem!). Write yourself a note or draw a heart on piece of paper andtuck in in your wallet to remind you how wonderful you are. 9. Guardian(rule follower, does not like ambiguity or surprises)Give An Act of Service. The trick here it to find the actof service that will be meaningful to your recipient.Here are a few ways to give an act of service: Helpyour neighbor clean the gutters, fix the fence or do atask that is more easily done with two. Clean thebathroom if that is not usually your task at home. Darnyour friends favorite socks, hem his pants or mend hershirt. Clean your recipients car. Treat your loved onelike royalty when they get home from work one day. Fillthe gas tank for someone in your life. Bake someone anun-birthday cake and present it with candles andsong. 10. Improviser(open minded, spontaneous, likes surprises and new situations)Give An Experience. Research indicates that givingan experience brings longer lasting feelings ofhappiness than giving a material item (like a newpair of shoes, key chain etc.) For the holidays, giveyour loved ones tickets to a show you know theywill enjoy, passes to a movie theater you know theygo to, a gift card to their favorite restaurant, aprepaid massage or hair cut from their favorite spaor hair dresser. The trick is to give them theexperience they will enjoy and want - rememberthat up to 40% of gift cards go unused because theyare lost, forgotten or not entirely spent. 11. Join the Happiness RevolutionTake theGross National Happiness IndexUse the Gross National Happiness Indexfor your project or areahappycounts.org