This post about helping others is part of the 31 Days To A Happier You challenge. Please feel free to check out the other posts in the series.
The last post in this challenge was about having a treat yo self day. We focused on the happiness we get from doing the things we love. Today we are going to shift our focus to others.
From days as a Girl Scout to my time in AmeriCorps after college, I have been pretty involved in giving back to my community. I can tell you from personally experience, that volunteering or helping others can make you incredibly happy. But if you don’t want to take my word for it, there is plenty of science to back up my claim.
Studies show that when people donated to charity, the brain releases the feel good chemicals. It can also trigger a feeling referred to as “helpers high”
Helping others does more for us than just give us that good feeling. Volunteering is also good for your self-esteem, it helps you develop friendships, it can make you more positive, and more thankful.
Aren’t all of those things awesome?
So now you might be wanting to know what you can do to help others.
Honestly there are so many ways to help others. If you attend church, you can probably find a bunch of different opportunities to help others. If that’s not your thing, there are still plenty of options to help others from volunteering at a food bank to working with Habitat for Humanity. If you don’t have a ton of time, you could help provide holiday meals for low-income families, or donate toys or clothes for drives.
If there is something that you really enjoy doing, chances are there is a way to volunteer too. Love to hike? Volunteer to help manage and upkeep trails. Love to teach? Volunteer to teach at the community center.
Your task is to find a way to help somebody. This can be through an organized event like a city-wide tree planting day or it could be you volunteering at the library. Maybe you just decide to help your elderly neighbor with their yard or to make a donation to a children’s hospital. Really it is up to you to just find something. Maybe you will decide you love it so much you make helping others a regular thing.