Five ways your birthday can change the world
Creative ideas on how you can celebrate your birthday more meaningfully
Your birthday’s coming! What are your plans? Are you sharing a meal with family and friends? Going to the spa? Maybe splurging on an item you’ve been eyeing for a while? When it comes to celebrating our natal day, we do things that make us feel good. Things that make us happy.
This makes a ton of sense. And although all those things do make us happy, did you know that science has found another way to happiness that we can use to celebrate our birthdays with meaning, fulfillment and joy?
Here are five ideas on how you can celebrate your birthday generously and change the world (and your world) at the same time:
1. Have a different kind of birthday party
My Birthday Foundation in Manila is a party organizer with a purpose: it provides you the opportunity to celebrate your birthday with the less privileged in places such as orphanages, homes for the aged, prisons or temporary shelters. You don’t even have to be in Manila! Contact them here.
2. Buy yourself some chocolate
What better way to celebrate your sweet life than with chocolates? Not just any chocolates, but ones that do good for cocoa farmers in Indonesia. Reach out to Krakakoa for orders.
3. Adopt a pet at an animal shelter
If you love animals, supporting a shelter is a great way to exercise your generosity muscle. In Defense of Animals in Mumbai allows you to adopt a dog and you don’t even have to live in India to do this!
4. Buy yourself a work of art
If you love art, you can buy yourself a handcrafted birthday gift at iPhilosophise in Kuala Lumpur and a percentage will go to causes that save wildlife, animals and the environment.
5. Go on holiday
As you can see, there are many ways to celebrate your life! Then again, why wait for your birthday? You can do any of these and more any time of the year.
These ideas were inspired from the following Our Better World stories: