Helping to improve lives – one day at a time

#100HelpingDays
#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?

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Why You Should Help

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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.

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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.

Featured Helpers

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Firefighters Didn’t Just Respond, They Came Back In An Act of Kindness

Some Texan firefighters with Texas-sized hearts responded to a 911 call to the home of John McCormick. The sweet elderly man suffered from heart attack while mowing his lawn. After the first responders took him to the hospital they […]

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A Little Bit Each Day Helps Make a Difference for A Homeless Veteran

For the last couple months, on my way to work, I’ve seen the same Homeless Vet outside my local coffee shop. Regardless of if people give or not, he’s been polite and respectful to everyone that has crossed his […]

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NYC Hair Stylist Helps City’s Homeless By Giving Free Haircuts On His Day Off

Mark Bustos, 30, usually works at a trendy salon in Manhattan where he deals with glamour models and sexy photo shoots, but he has found a unique way to give back to the city. Every weekend, he wonders the […]

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St Vincent – IN SELECT THEATERS OCT 10

Maggie (McCarthy), a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year old son, Oliver (Lieberher). Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbor, Vincent (Murray), a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair. Together with a pregnant stripper named Daka (Watts), Vincent brings Oliver along on all the stops that make up his daily routine – the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, while Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart.

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