I can honestly say that a large part of my healing after losing my daughter Kathryn has come from helping other people and giving back. Through giving to others, I feel like I am keeping Kathryn alive and honoring her. I know for a fact that my focus on helping other people has been a very large part of finding my way back to the light.
You don’t have to have a lot of money or even time to find simple ways to give back.
I am so very, very excited to share this book with you: Simple Giving by Jennifer Iacovelli. Jennifer is not only a very close personal friend, but she is the creator of Philanthropy Friday, a series on her blog dedicated to sharing how others are making a difference in the world. My son Bug recently guest posted about his idea for a recess club so that everyone has someone to play with at recess. Go read it, it’s cute!
If you’d like to listen to an interview with Jennifer, check out this interview here.
Giving makes you happy. Seriously. Simple acts of kindness can change the world. It’s a belief that Jennifer and I share, but guess what? Science backs this up.
I am very proud not only to share the amazing work by my friend, but also, Jennifer shared my story about this blog and my nonprofit, Sunshine After the Storm.
ABOUT SIMPLE GIVING
You can make a difference on a daily basis, and it’s not as difficult as you might think. Simple Giving includes more than 40 ideas to make the world a better place.
Most people think they have to donate a lot of time and money in order to make a difference. But there are simple ways to integrate giving into our personal and professional lives that don’t involve either. In Simple Giving, Jennifer Iacovelli shows us how to make giving a part of our daily routines. It can involve something as simple as holding the door open for a stranger or paying someone else’s toll, which will brighten that person’s day. We can also think about ways to make sustainability and social good a part of our business models.
After working in the nonprofit sector and soliciting and coordinating donations for ten years, Iacovelli became frustrated with the disconnect between givers and receivers. Givers (or potential givers) didn’t realize how much of an impact they could make, while recipients couldn’t thank the organization enough. In Simple Giving, Iacovelli inspires us with the stories of how people ranging from moms to social entrepreneurs are giving back in creative ways. By being more mindful of how our actions impact others and taking steps toward positive change, we also live happier and more fulfilled lives.
If you’re so inclined, it is also Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Sunshine After the Storm is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and we are always in need of donations to help us provide copies of the book and care packages to griving parents. If you’d like to make a small donation, you can donate here. (look on right side of the page a little bit down for the DONATE button.)
I want to share this interview with Jennifer. She answers many questions about the book.