UPDATE: This week’s #Fitbit2014 winners are Jonathan Robinson, malindakay on Instagram and @qbert8008 on Twitter. You each won a Fitbit Aria WI-FI Smart Scale! Make sure to check out the Week 4 challenge: Try a New Recipe.
Every Monday for six weeks starting January 6, we’ll launch a new weekly challenge for #Fitbit2014 to get your thinking more simple habits and less big resolutions.
Do something nice for someone. Sounds simple, right? But doing nice things makes you feel happy. Studies have shown even the thought of giving activates the part of the brain associated with pleasure. But we can do more than once per day, right? Take the time to do THREE nice things for your friends, family, coworkers or strangers every day this week.
To set you on the right path, here’s some great advice from author and wellness guru Deepak Chopra.
I’m incredibly passionate about giving back to the community and helping improve the world around us. Giving back makes a difference for others and for you. This week, I’m challenging the Fitbit community to do three nice things for someone every day. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Sign up for The Weightless Project so that your Fitbit calories out help someone suffering from hunger.
- Let a fellow driver in when you’re stuck in traffic.
- Buy a co-worker or friend lunch or coffee.
- Help a stranger with their groceries.
Great, simple advice from Deepak. And as we previously mentioned, giving doesn’t just do good for people around you. Giving makes us – the giver – feel happy. There’s research to back it up, too. Giving to someone we know actually makes us even happier, according to a study in the Journal of Happiness and Development.
New research published in the Journal of Happiness and Development shows that social giving — where you’re giving to a person who you know, or your giving leads to a social connection — seems to foster more emotional benefits than giving without the social aspect.
Specifically, donating money activates the same pleasure center in the brain that fires when you receive or earn money. Do you ever get that great sense of accomplishment or reward when you give the perfect birthday or holiday gift? That’s the idea.
But in reality, it’s not always about money. The little things in life do add up, and those small acts of kindness can make someone’s day.
So let us know how do nice things for someone this week. How many can you do in one day? What do you find affects people positively? Share your results using #Fitbit2014 on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and/or Instagram. This week we have 3 Fitbit Aria scales up for grabs!