When International Day of Happiness Meets the Winter Giving Circle

When International Day of Happiness meets the Winter Giving Circle, wonderful things can happen! In a happy coincidence, this year’s 100 Women Who Care Mississauga March Giving Circle Falls on International Day of Happiness, and that will be the theme for the Giving Circle—“Happiness is…”.

International Day of Happiness

Established by the United Nations in 2013, International Day of Happiness is a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. Happiness is a fundamental human goal, and The United Nations General Assembly recognized this goal and called for “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes the happiness and well-being of all peoples.” This year’s ‘Happier Together’ theme reminds us that lasting happiness comes from feeling connected to others and being part of something bigger, and that is so wonderfully modeled by the #powerof100 that is 100 Women Who Care Mississauga. If you go to dayofhappiness.net, you can find resources to help you build happiness in your life, and they offer four simple, positive actions you can take to connect with others and help to build a happier and stronger community:

  • Give positive comments to those around you
  • Listen without judgment to what people are saying
  • Reach out to a friend, family member or colleague for support
  • Share inspiring news to encourage others

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Giving Makes People Happy

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There is a lot of science to support the idea that giving makes people happy—Google “correlation between giving and happiness”—you’ll be amazed at how much comes up!  In a Utah State University study, they found “increased activation in the reward area of the brain, when giving to charities,” and that “In a nutshell, giving to charity makes us happier; especially when we freely choose to give. Whether we have a little or a lot of money, how we choose to spend it matters most to our happiness.”  According to research from USC, Berkeley, “Acting generously activates the same reward pathway that is activated by sex and food,…”.  If you have ever been to an in-person Giving Circle, I know you know that the energy in the room is tangible, electric, and overwhelmingly positive.  Everyone is so happy to be there, sharing in what is essentially the gift of giving.  Although the meetings are officially from 7:30–8:30pm, many of our members and guests linger long afterwards to mingle, have a beverage, share stories, and chat about the wonderful charities that presented that evening.  According to Healthline, there are certain hormones associated with happiness, including dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins. Coupled with the above research, we can conclude that attending a Giving Circle will boost your happy hormones!❤️💙❤️

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Joining, Nominating, and Registration

As indicated by the above research, being part of 100 Women Who Care will positively impact your happiness levels! 😃 Based on this, if you’re not already a member, join today for that initial endorphin boost! As a member, you can nominate your favourite local charity to potentially receive one of our $10,000+ donations.

Nominations for the Winter Giving Circle will be open from February 19th to March 1st. In order to be considered eligible, charities MUST:

  • be Canadian,
  • be based in Mississauga, and serve the Mississauga community,
  • have a Charitable Registration Number,
  • issue tax receipts for each individual donation,
  • have an immediate, specific need,
  • ensure 100% of our donation be applied to the need in question, and
  • agree not to add donors to their email lists.

Members may nominate as many charities as they like, but they must complete a Charity Nomination Form for each Charity. (For Team memberships, only one team member may nominate any charity. If 2+ nominations for the same charity are received from multiple team members, only one nomination will be counted.)

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We would love to see you at the Winter Giving Circle! The details are:

Doors open at 6:45 PM for light refreshments and an opportunity to meet other members, sponsors, and charity representatives. Please arrive no later than 7:15 to find a seat as the meeting will start promptly at 7:30! This event will be live streamed on Facebook, but we recommend attending in person for optimizing your personal Happiness results! Register today!

We will have some fun ice-breaking activities surrounding our “Happiness is…” theme, so prepare yourself for the oncoming dopamine rush! We are looking forward to seeing you!

Title Sponsor for Winter Giving Circle

We are pleased and honoured to welcome back the Peel Police Services Board as Title Sponsor for the Winter Giving Circle on March 20th. The Peel Police Services Board is the civilian body governing the Peel Regional Police. It is responsible for the provision of effective police services, law enforcement and crime prevention. This is achieved through the enactment of policies. Part of their mandate is community involvement through fundraising, charity, and community awareness events, hence their continued support of 100 Women Who Care Mississauga.

Title Sponsor Peel Police Services Board

The Peel Police Services Board will have dedicated seating at the Giving Circle and will have some representatives from the Peel Police Services Board and the Peel Regional Police in attendance. As Title Sponsor, one of the representatives present will have the opportunity to speak about their organization at the Giving Circle, and also announce the recipient of the collective donation. Please make sure to stop and chat with their representatives. Register now for the Giving Circle.

Title Sponsor is a Sponsorship level that comes with a unique set of Sponsor benefits. The duration of the sponsorship is the Quarter of the Giving Circle being sponsored. You can learn the details here by clicking on the Title Sponsor banner.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or learning more about sponsorship, you can reach out to our Sponsorship Team, Hilda Rodgers or Mirella Canavan directly, or email sponsor@100womenwhocaremississauga.com.

If you have friends or family who might be interested in becoming a member, they can follow us on FacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn or go to our website at .com to learn more.

Xanthe LeBlanc

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