Giving makes us feel good. Carrying out acts of kindness, whether small or large, can increase happiness, life satisfaction and general sense of wellbeing.

GIVING is more than just sharing material things with others. It’s about cultivating a spirit of generosity and actively supporting others.

The acts of giving, receiving and being aware of acts of kindness, even indirectly, give us a sense of purpose and self-worth.

Giving also builds mana and connection with others. At work, a culture of giving helps to build a positive emotional environment and promotes connection, empathy and team work.


  • Compliment someone
  • Help a colleague with their work
  • Share your ideas or feedback
  • Get involved with a charity
  • Express gratitude - thank someone
  • Make someone a cup of tea
  • Support a friend or whānau member
  • Do the dishes for someone
  • Perform a random act of kindness for a colleague, friend or even a stranger

“After our colleague had a stroke, my team decided to raise money for the Stroke Foundation, and we all went to the office to hand over the cheque. It felt so good to be part of something that will make a positive difference to others.” Jules, Accounts Manager

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Last updated 7 May 2020.