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Give today!

The Joy of Giving Week Smile Deck has 52 simple "giving ideas", 1 on each playing card. Each suit represents giving to a specific group-

- Clubs- for people you know

- Spades- for our world/environment

- Hearts- for strangers

- Diamonds- for yourself, to help become a better person


Simple reshuffle the deck each day, and do whatever "giving act" is randomly selected for you!


You can play this game as a family, too!


Smile Decks were first created by a group of Helpothers.org volunteers, as a humble coffee table experiment- the belief was that each act of kindness, no matter how small, changes the world. JGW volunteers worked with Helpothers.org volunteers to create an Indian version of the Smile Deck so that it could be launched during the Week here, and used to encourage people to do little acts of kindness.


Please share your experience in the comments below.

For the entire deck, please click here.


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Comment by Dhivyasree on September 10, 2016 at 1:01pm

Love the smile decks!

Its would be great if it reaches all the people, especially the kids.

Comment by Ramakrishna Manja on September 4, 2016 at 6:33pm

      Feeling of 'joy' of giving to others can only be experienced after the act. Small acts like;  giving a brand new note of Rs1000/- to a road side vender ( like vegetable,flowers,....) who are old and toil their day in the hot sun selling what little they have; getting a packet of food for the hungry waiting out side a Restaurant; giving your brand new slippers/shoes to the poor old man walking in the sun; giving, once in a while, a small gift or money to the Muncipal sweeper who keeps your locality clean irrespective of whether it is raining or hot sunshine; - I do practice these now and then and the smile on their face immediately after the act, would give me a feeling which no amount of money can give.

Comment by Ashok Sawhney on August 12, 2016 at 9:12pm
The Smile deck of cards is a wonderful idea! I used it today to great effect during a talk on Daan Utsav that I gave to a group of about 60 ladies of the Army, Navy and Air Force officers wives' association in Noida / NCR. I distributed the cards among the ladies and made them read out the small / simple ideas of giving, some of them really very innovative. Am hoping that this has generated an interest and these ladies will now spread the idea further in their respective groups of family & friends, as also come up with their own novel ideas of giving! It took me some effort in getting the sheets with the images of the cards printed and then cut to make a deck of 52 cards. It would certainly help if the deck could be made available on request, on payment of course.
Comment by Dr.Shrima Banerjee on October 6, 2015 at 7:45am

Hansraj Jivandas College of Education Principal,faculty,students feels priviledged to be actively involved in Joy of Giving and to have the real FEEL of inner happiness by participating in this project.I Dr.Shrima Banerjee rightly feel every individual must actively work towards the acheivement of this goal and to reach out to the unreached sections of the society.

Comment by ANITA NITIN GURUJI on September 28, 2015 at 8:13pm

Great initiative. We at Pawar Public School, Dombivali are planning to be a part of this. 

Comment by Vector Graphics on October 5, 2013 at 10:33am

I agree with this idea of Mr. Ramarao. This could spread your ideas at-least in a different way. Good thought Ramarao ji.

Comment by stephen nava jeevana on October 1, 2013 at 12:43pm

It is very use full and great service doing for  N  G O s we thank u for great work . 

Comment by SHALINI on October 1, 2013 at 11:58am


we are putting up a tree in our school with pledge cards

Comment by stephen nava jeevana on August 30, 2013 at 7:38pm

Comment by Vishal Vyas on October 5, 2012 at 7:36pm
Dear all,

I’ve been involved in community service for sometime now that it’s second nature to me now...... When I think of why it’s important to be involved, I hardly know where to begin to explain how I feel…..But still am sharing this idea with you for your views and participation.
Keeping the "Joy of Giving Week” in mind....Thought of voluntarily going to neighborhood / nearby Traffic police station & checking whether there are anyTraffic violation penalty imposed on my/our vehicle number (this would also be applicable if we have received any Traffic Violation ticket by post) and settling it on the spot my cash payment and collect the reciept. This might sound funny but Together if we do this act….iam sure it will make a difference and this can also be considered as diminutive part of both CSR activities i.e. Corporate Social Responsibility & Citizens Social Responsibility. Choice is yours......Iam doing this act as an individual  but are you willing to initiate this ??? I urge you to act / participate in this voluntary community service. Thanks in Advance !! Best Wishes, Vishal Vyas
Comment by RAMARAO MUTYALA on September 27, 2012 at 11:48am

It is very useful, if you give the facility to download entire "smile deck".

Comment by Vinit Jain on September 9, 2012 at 6:18pm

gr8 way to encourage people to help others n themselves.........

Comment by Sushmitha Nandakumar on July 20, 2012 at 12:48pm

I got a valuable quote : "Be the first to say sorry ! Its time to mend old relationships.." I totally agree with it... Thank you smile deck :)

Comment by P Rafi on May 14, 2012 at 10:35pm

Smile deck says .. Restrain from criticizing or saying anything negative for a week. m gonna sail it through ..

Comment by priyadharshini.s on October 14, 2011 at 8:35pm
hey hai iam priyadharshini and a college student and iam member of RED RIBBON CLUB in my college i and my friends want educate ppl abt aids awareness so pls tell how can i do it pls come forward to help me so we can educate others :) :) :)
Comment by sapna bhura on October 13, 2011 at 10:45am
Comment by sapna bhura on October 13, 2011 at 10:35am
Comment by Amit Malkani on October 7, 2011 at 11:38am
Thought for all of Us:
We Are Cheaters But
We Don't Cheat Humanity!
We Hate To Study But
We Love Technology!
We Flirt With The Flirts But
"We Love The LOVERS"!
World Can't Change Us But
We Can Change The World!
We Don't Have Books In Hands But
We Have Revolutionary Ideas In Mind!
We Are The Rarest Common Race On Earth!
Meet Us,
WE ARE THE "JGWians"....
Do V agree??

Comment by K NAVEEN on October 5, 2011 at 12:20pm
Will b joining Isha Foundation in the joy of giving celebrations at hyderabad...
Comment by mod abhishek on October 4, 2011 at 7:01pm
If u can add then please add one shuffle card:
from now i will throw waste in only dustbin always...
Thank u


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