One way I find that I am happiest is when I give to those who are less fortunate. A blessing box is a wonderful way to give to less fortunate people and increase your happiness levels.
Research titled Altruism, Happiness, and Health: It’s Good to Be Good carried out by Stephen G. Post, a Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, found that the people who give are happier than those who don’t.
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What is A Blessing Box?
A blessing box is a structure, often a cupboard or box, where people leave donated items.
Those in need can then pick items anonymously and use them free of charge.
The items are primarily non-perishable food items, toiletries, and other necessities.
The less fortunate pick what they need and leave everything else so that as many people can benefit.
The boxes are set up anywhere in a public place, such as front yards.
The items are restocked by individuals or organisations such as charitable bodies or churches.
Blessing Box Ideas
Ideally, a blessing box should be off the ground and shielded from natural elements such as rain, sun and snow so that the items inside do not get ruined.
A large enough box on a stand with doors that can open and shut is a great option.
You can have canned food items, dry food items such as cereals, baby food, snack items, peanut butter, soup, pasta and other non-perishable foods.
Toiletries such as bath soap, detergents, feminine care items, baby toiletries such as baby diapers, baby powder and shampoos and any other essential hygiene
Donations For Blessing Boxes
You can start a blessing box and get your family, friends, colleagues to partner with you and help stock your blessing box.
You can also let people know where the box is situated and what items are in it so that those in need can be aware that it exists and pick what they need.
One way to do this is to use social media and sites that target people in need.
You can also work with charitable organisations and community bodies that can support giving towards your blessing box.
A blessing box is a beautiful way to give to those who are less fortunate. The process of setting one up and knowing people are getting help from your efforts will make you feel more fulfilled and happier.
The World Happiness Report 2020 found that communities that supported one other were happier and improved the quality of the community and the neighbourhoods.
Blessing boxes will not just make you happier but will also uplift the happiness of people in your area.
It doesn’t have to be extravagant; it just needs to be practical. You can stock food items and toiletries for both adults and babies.
You can get people around you to help by giving what they can. The important thing is to begin, and you will be much happier about it.