How to give back

Think of how many people there are on the planet – more than 7 billion. Now, think of what the world would be like if each of those people took the time to give back. Whether they were donating large sums of money or simply reaching out to a friend in need to ask if they needed help, the world would be a much more peaceful, joyful place if everyone discovered how to give back.

You can’t change the actions of others, but you can look inside yourself and decide to contribute. The drive to contribute to a greater sense of good is one of our six human needs. When you look into ways to give back, you not only start out on a path to enrich the lives of others, but you find ways to fulfill yourself as well.

If you’re looking into how to give back to the community, your loved ones or the world at large, the sheer number of options out there can feel overwhelming. Here are a few simple ways to give back that you can start working on today, because you don’t have to go over the top to make a big difference.

Teach a skill

What’s your area of expertise? Are you in the financial industry? Perhaps you could go to a local high school or community college to lead a seminar on investing in the stock market or saving for retirement. Do you thrive at public speaking? Maybe you could serve as a mentor for young professionals.

There are ways to give back to the community that don’t require donating your money. You can put in time and effort to teaching a valuable skill to people in your community. Think about what skills you’ve cultivated that you could pass on to others, then reach out to local community centers, businesses or schools to inquire about where you can offer your services.

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Clean up your community

outdoor trash bin

Think about your neighborhood. There’s a park, beach or street that you pass by often that is always dirty. You have the extra time to go out and make a difference. You’re not lacking the resources to make a change – you just might not be resourceful enough yet to do so on your own. Use the extra time you have, be it on a weekday morning or weekend afternoon, to go out with a trash bag or two and pick up clutter. Can you recruit friends or family members to go with you? Even better. Consider this a bonding event you can share with your loved ones, one that you can all feel good about contributing to.

Give food to those in need

Tony Robbins has been partnering with Feeding America for several years. Through Tony’s 100 Million Meals Challenge, more than 315 million meals have been provided to people in need, with the ultimate goal of one billion meals by 2025. Through a comprehensive network of over 200 food banks throughout the country, Feeding America helps hungry Americans meet their needs. You can give a monetary donation to Feeding America or reach out to another local food bank in your area to donate money or time.

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Get your office involved

company volunteering teamwork

If you work with others, you can get other people involved in your act of contribution. Reach out to your company’s human resources department to see if you can organize a corporate volunteering program. If people are interested at your office, you can work together to take on a charitable task, like competing to see who can raise the most money for a certain cause or volunteering at your local homeless shelter as a group.

Donate what you no longer need

Think about the pile of stuff sitting in your house that you no longer have use for. Is it clothing stacked inside your closet? Is it children’s toys from when your kids were smaller? Is it outdoor equipment that you no longer use, or kitchen items that you received as gifts but didn’t end up needing? Those items don’t do anyone any good sitting in your home, but someone else could need them. Donate your unused or unwanted items to a local nonprofit in your area that resells them to people in need or donates them to homeless people in your community.

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Don’t wait to discover ways to give back

There’s no bad time to start giving back to the people in your community, your loved ones or the world at large. Now that you know a few straightforward ways to give back, it’s up to you to put these plans into motion. Make a plan as to how you can give back to a good cause, and start donating your time or resources. Once you feel comfortable giving back, get your loved ones involved as well. You can create a ripple effect of positive energy that transcends into the larger community, and, eventually, the world.

Ready to start giving?

Learn about the organizations Tony Robbins supports and discover how you can make your own contribution.