At the age of 35, Cami Walker was a newlywed with a great new job. Then everything changed. Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a neurological condition that made it difficult to walk, work or enjoy her life as she once had.
Walker became depressed as she faced continual health and money problems. But then a friend and spiritual mentor challenged her to stop feeling sorry for herself and instead start giving to others. The friend challenged Cami to give 29 gifts to others in 29 days.
Walker describes in this video from DarynKagan.com that she started noticing a change by day 14:
In the end, Walker's 29 days of giving were so transformative that she decided to start a Web site to help others do the same. 29 Gifts is now a global giving movement with several thousand members in 38 countries and Walker has detailed her struggle with MS and the 29 day challenge in a memoir, 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life.
Walker's site is a great resource for those who want to (or can only afford to) be generous each day in small ways. Check out her site's forum for thoughtful and free ways to give back, including crafts, phone calls to those who need encouragement and teaching opportunities.