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January’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival: What are you doing to be happier and healthier in 2016?

Happy Healthy Nonprofit

As many of you know, I am working on a new book The Happy Healthy Nonprofit with co-author Aliza Sherman. We want to include your voice, so we are hosting January’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival.

January starts a new year and a good time to reflect, recharge, and establish healthy habits that make us more effective in our nonprofit work. Many of work for nonprofits because we are passionate about social change missions. But let’s be honest, working in the nonprofit sector can be tough, especially with limited resources and the never-ending to do list. Despite the challenges, many of us manage to get extraordinary results without burning out. We want to know your secrets!

What self-care techniques, rituals, or habits do you personally live and breath everyday that keep you inspired, calm, and effective?

If you work at or with a nonprofit, what are some of the unique ways that the organization’s culture not only supports self-care by individuals, but is part of the collective mindset?

Here are some topics that address this month’s theme. Remember, we want your personal take or observation of how nonprofits tackle these:

  • Habit change – establishing good habits and dropping bad ones
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Getting more sleep
  • Managing stress
  • Healthy eating – especially at work
  • Incorporating movement into your work, like walking meetings or standing desks. Maybe your organization does a regular walking meet for staff?
  • Mindfulness activities like meditation, journaling, adult coloring, walking meditation
  • Play and creativity, for yourself or in the workplace
  • Setting boundaries, learning to say no, work hours
  • Managing your workload
  • Taking time off
  • Healthier relationships with your technology, disconnecting
  • Managing your time and energy
  • Overcoming procrastination
  • Does your nonprofit integrate wellness into other programs, like leadership training, discussing it at staff meetings, or other?
  • How your nonprofit wellness program takes a broader view beyond just physical health to incorporate aspects of wellness?

If you want to hear some of our ideas about the topic, join us for the Happy, Healthy Nonprofit Webinar hosted by Wild Apricot on January 14th. You can find out more and register here.

How To Submit

Write a blog post, or even choose a recent post that fits the theme.
Submit your post via email to: nonprofitcarnival@gmail.com. Be sure to include your name, your blog’s name and the URL of the post (not your blog homepage).
Get your post in by the end of the day on Friday, January 22th and check back on Monday, January 25th to see if we’ve included your post in the January blog carnival.

What is a Nonprofit Blog Carnival?

It’s a monthly round-up of blog posts on topics for people like you, at nonprofits.  Each month, the host creates a theme and sends out the call (in a post like this) for posts on that topic. Then the host (that’s us!) collects the best ones in a round-up post towards the end of the month.  You can write a post for your own website or blog. It doesn’t have to be specifically for the Carnival, or even mention the Carnival. I’ll review the submissions and we’ll feature the best in a post toward the end of the month.  Check out the December 2015 Blog Carnival hosted by The Fundraising Authority Blog.

What’s in it for you?

When your post is included in the blog carnival, you’ll bring new traffic to your blog and help raise its online profile. We’ll link back to your blog post. And you’ll get your writing in front of new readers. Plus, you’ll be helping others. Also, you might just be quoted in our book, The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit. And for that, we’ll all be very grateful!
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Here’s to a happy, healthy 2016!

8 Responses

  1. Pamela Grow says:

    Such a great topic, Beth! Can’t wait to see the posts. Thanks for all that you do for the Carnival.

  2. Anita says:

    Looking forward to writing something on this topic!

  3. Beth says:


    Please do write something!! Does Momsrising have a particular way of supporting its staff’s wellness? Would love to hear about that too!

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  6. Greg Warner says:

    Love this topic! Thanks so much for putting it out there.

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