Living your fullest life: Ways to give back

Understandably, we spend a lot of our lives focusing on money—how much we have, how we can make more, whether we’re saving enough. But what truly makes us wealthy is time spent with others, both at home and in our communities.

Here are some simple ways you can give your time, energy, and money to make a difference in the lives of others. 

Volunteer your time

Maybe you love caring for children or working with animals. Find an organization in your area that matches your passion and lend a helping hand. And while you may be inclined to volunteer during the holidays, keep in mind that there are many opportunities throughout the year where your time may be needed even more.

Donate to a good cause

If your free time is scarce, a gift of money is always appreciated. Even small donations make a difference. Give to your local food bank, homeless shelter, church, hospital, or whatever organization inspires you. Or, consider giving directly to a friend or loved one who’s in need.

Pay it forward

Doing good doesn’t need to take a lot of time or money. Small gestures, like buying coffee for the person behind you in line, can unexpectedly brighten someone’s day—and inspire them to pay your kindness forward to others.

Encourage kids to embrace giving, too

Teach your children that they have the power to make a difference in the world. Bring them with you when you volunteer. Or, on their birthday or during the holidays, gift them money to donate to the cause of their choice, or donate on their behalf.

Remember what matters

While money (and saving for the future) is important, it’s what we share with others that makes us truly rich.

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