Day in and day out, we go to the office focused on the micro-tasks in front of us, watch our to-do lists grow, and often times no matter how exciting the project, things can start to feel tough. If keeping moral up during a complex project is something you and your team experience, try this simple exercise, "Sponsor yourself for charity" for a day.

How it works

1. Choose a charity with a cause that you believe in.

Some wonderful ones for thought starters are: The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, ASPCA, and Charity Water

2. Choose a project that you're working on and a unit of measure for it.

So for example, if you're doing sales, perhaps your unit of measure is each sales phone call you make. If you're coding, perhaps it's each line of code. You get the idea.

3. Next, choose a donation item to attach to each unit of your project.

You may choose things like $1, 1 can of food, or 1/2 hour of volunteer time. Choose an amount that's appropriate to the quantity of units you'll be completing.

4. At the end of the day, tally up how much of your project you completed, and share!

Tell your team what you'll be donating, and why this cause matters to you. You'll notice throughout the day that working towards a goal that improves the world makes the day feel lighter and more meaningful. 

It turns out that giving back not only is good for your heart figuratively, but literally too. 

"Giving to others not only makes us happy, but it lowers our blood pressure, " according to Elizabeth Dunn, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia in Canada, where she studies happiness. Dunn's research found that blood pressure lowered when people gave money to charity, but there was no movement in blood pressure when they gave the same amount of money to themselves.

Companies can gain a double benefit by incorporating this practice into their office once a month. Encourage employees to choose a charity that matters to them, and even offer to match their donations. At the end of the day, the social responsibility of the company will have risen, and a positive impact on each member of the team, and people and places around the world will be made.

Give it a shot and let us know what you find! Want more tips to invigorate your culture? Join us on May 19th for our webinar, "10 Wellness Strategies that Invigorate Tech Culture." Register below.