In a Giving Rut? Here's How to Climb Out

Feeling like you're on a life-sized hamster wheel overloaded with responsibilities and projects and demands? Never have enough time or energy to think straight, let alone think about giving? Or maybe you give to the same organizations every year and feel uninspired. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. It is easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of every day life.

But let's be real. Giving makes us feel good. It can be truly therapeutic. And just like anything -- a new exercise regimen, spring cleaning, saving money -- you've got to start somewhere.

So identify one new way you can give that is enjoyable to you and just DO IT.

Make a double batch of whatever you're cooking and give half to a friend/neighbor. Participate in a community gardening project. Sign up for a 5K that benefits an organization that speaks to you. Donate that bag of clothes that has been sitting in the back of your closet. Whatever it is. Find something.

And then do it again. And again.

And then maybe enlist the company of a friend or two.

And out of that rut you have climbed.

Happy Giving!

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Photo by Biletskiy_Evgeniy/iStock / Getty Images