According to the Atlas of Giving, Americans donated $417.8 billion to charity in 2013, the first time that figure has ever crossed the $400 billion mark. While that’s great news, unfortunately it still leaves plenty of folks in need. If you have the ability to give more, the simple truth is that you should – even if that means donating your time, instead of your money. Get started by checking out these six ways you can be more charitable.
1. Volunteer Your Time
Your time is just as good as your money. Although you might not be able to write it off on your taxes, it’s still a great way to help out people in need.
Can you volunteer your time at a soup kitchen? Becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister? The many ways you can donate your time are virtually endless. If there’s an upcoming music festival in your town, see if it needs volunteers. You might be able to watch the show for free and help out at the same time just by selling tickets.
2. Text Donations
Plenty of charities and charitable organizations now offer the ability to make a donation via text message. You simply text a code to the appropriate number and the donation amount is added to your monthly cell phone bill. For a list of charities currently running text message donation campaigns, visit the website Mobile Giving.
3. Give Away Rewards Miles
Dressing up and posing as something else just so happens to be one of the best parts…oh ya, and of course, the candy, for all you sweet-tooth cravers out there. There’s so much to do during the month of October, and the days leading up to All Hallows’ Eve. Can you say, haunted houses, hayrides, pumpkin patches, mazes, fright nights, and scary movies?!
Amusement parks tend to be particularly frightening this time of year, and is a great way to get your haunt on for a whole month…in your Spirithood no less! So if you’re too scared to embark on this journey into some of the most frightening, grueling, amusement park haunts in the country, then I suggest you cover your eyes and look away! Here we go…
Disneyland Resort & Disney World: For you tame of hearts…Disneyland & Disney World…the happiest places on earth, each year revamp their parks into Halloween Splendor. The ghoulish Disney fun begins at the end of September and throughout the month of October. The bonus would be your favorite Disney villains, lurking about the parks, inflicting mayhem and madness with everyone they meet.
Spirithood tribe members, if you haven’t thought about this before…it’s time to whip out your Spirithood, gather your tribe, and take a trip to Disney during Halloween. Be prepared for some photo-ops on some of your favorite rides, with the ultimate Disney villains, and of course, you can’t miss the fireworks!
Knotts Berry Farm- Halloween Haunt (Buena Park, CA): Don’t let the phrase Halloween haunt scare the beejives out of you because Knott’s Berry Farm just so happens to be called, “Scary Farm” during the month of October. Crazy voodoo scenes, a midnight ride through the mines of witch’s keep, and of course, conquering the likes of Disney’s classic character, Pinocchio—unstrung. Scary right?! That’s nothing! You’re in for a real treat with the Scary Farm’s, “Trapped: Lock & Key!” Become a part of the very things that go bump in the night and attempt to conquer your darkest fears-your inner most terrors that will make even the bravest soul want to run home to mommy! This scary maze is sure to knock your socks off…or just make you piss your pants. More.
It’s about to get real ya’ll. Ever wonder what makes interesting people so fascinating?
We’ve come up with four simple tips to help get to the bottom of it.
1. Tell the truth.
As a society, we have become excellent bullshitters. Leonard Saxe, Ph.D., a polygraph expert and professor of psychology at Brandeis University, says, “Lying has long been a part of everyday life. We couldn’t get through the day without being deceptive.”
A great way to be interesting? Challenge the status quo. Next time you’re late to an undesirable event and desperately trying to come up with an excuse as to why– try saying “sorry I was late, I didn’t want to come.” Heads will roll, and your level of badassness will elevate. Real recognize real.
2. Say yes, a lot.
The most interesting people are the ones who are always down for a last minute adventure. Do you know people like this? Their answer to any offer that involves fun and a bit of risk is almost always “hell yeah! I’m in.”
Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, explains this exceptionally well during his commencement address at the University of California at Berkeley: “Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country. Say yes to meeting new friends. Say yes to learning a new language, picking up a new sport. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job. Yes is how you find your spouse, and even your kids. Even if it’s a bit edgy, a bit out of your comfort zone, saying yes means you will do something new, meet someone new and make a difference in your life, and likely in others’ lives as well… Yes is a tiny word that can do big things. Say it often.”
Hell yeah, Schmidt. We’re in.
They are hairball producing, self-cleaning, amusement searching creatures that make all of us so happy: yes, we are talking about cats. Of all the things we can learn from our cats, there are three of prominence we absolutely must talk about. Follow these three simple mantras, and just maybe Andrew Lloyd Webber’s next musical might be about you instead of these furry pets.
1. Be Independent
Leave a cat all day, she will have found a million things to do before you get home. By six A.M. she is demanding to be called queen of the house, sitting high and mighty above the armoire. Cats are the best example of self-entertainment. Curious by nature, cats know how to create a great time out of what appears to be nothing. When is the last time you climbed up a tree and hung out there all day by yourself? Yes the rest of the world might be looking for you and the ﬁre truck, racing your way– but can’t a girl just do some self reﬂecting in peace?
What if I told you that your life has always been destined for greatness? It has. It’s not the reality of our life that limits us, but the belief that we are a product of what life gives us. We are not passive beings living on puppet strings waiting for the next scene to play. We are active masterminds that have pens in our hands and storybooks in our names. Legends in the makings, we are a nature of many kinds, yet one thing amongst all of us remains true:we were created to be bold; we were created to be free.
Lions aren’t shy and wolves don’t play by rules. Because they are in tune with their greatness and their power. They survive on their strengths, not their insecurities and fears.
There once was a 10 year old girl, whose father grabbed her hand and walked her past a line that continued on for miles. They walked and walked for what felt like eternity. Finally right at the very front of the line, he stopped, smiled at the people now behind them, and so gently patted the security man’s shoulder, “what’s up my man!” and handed him their tickets.