The New Year is an exciting time. We make resolutions that somehow make us feel better- nevermind if we keep them. 🙂 Most of all though, the new year is a time to make new decisions and stop doing things the same as we always have. Sometimes in making those decisions we don’t even know where to start. We sort of get lost in ourselves rather than looking outside to others. I’ve found one of the best ways to help yourself is by helping others.
Serving, volunteering, giving, whatever you want to call it has so many benefits besides helping the person or people you are doing good for. While it may sound a bit self-serving, sometimes giving your time and talents to someone else does more for you than them. It makes you feel like you’ve paid part of your price for being here. Plant a tree- you help the earth. Feed the homeless- you’re helping mankind. Tutor a child- you’re saving the children of our future. What can volunteering do for you? SO glad you asked….
Break up/All things sad Therapy
Trust me, I know this one for a fact. While you’re crying your eyes out or gorging on that 5th pint of Ben and Jerry’s, there are folks that need you- even if he didn’t. 🙂 Taking a hour to distract your mind by doing crafts with a bunch of kids will do more for your heart than writing that scathing letter- I promise.
Introduces you to Mr. or Ms. Right
While I’m not an expert in the success rate of this, I can tell you there is nothing sexier than seeing a man volunteer his time for others. #score I’m a firm believer in attraction being based on how you see the person giving of themselves. Soooo when you show up to your volunteer site Saturday morning and see Mr. Right cleaning up the park, just think of whatelse he can do! Hey you already both believe in a green earth! 😉
Expands your network
I can’t tell you how many people- good people- you meet while volunteering. All sorts of professionals take their down time to give their talents to organizations. Once you get looped into an organization, you’ll be surprised who you meet.
Brings out your inner child
Remember the clarinet you stopped playing at 10. Or maybe it was your love of crocheting you gave up shortly after undergrad. What about your deferred dream of going to the World Cup?Volunteering- especially with children- allows you up to dust of the old/hidden talents even you almost forgot about.
Oprah once said, ‘Once you know better, you can do better.’; and you know what, she is right. All we need is the information to do better and at some point we will. So here’s to a new year and new opportunities to give of ourselves! You really don’t know the difference you can make in another person’s life until well, you do. It will make you feel better about yourself.
Here’s to a new year and making a bigger difference in the lives of others!