It’s a simple equation that is never wrong: Doing good makes you feel good. When you do good to others, you make a connection to other people. You feel generous. While helping others, you take your mind off your own troubles. And in many cases, you begin to appreciate your blessings.
Doing good is good for you. Researchers say that volunteers experience a “helper’s high” for the short term, and less depression and better physical health in the long term.
Volunteering/helping doesn’t have to be complicated or heroic. It means taking some time off from yourself and devoting it to someone else. And it is easy to get started.
- Do you know an elderly person in your neighborhood? Stop by and pay a visit.
- Do you speak another language? Teach someone who would like to learn it.
- Do you enjoy working outdoors? Volunteer to clean up a local park.
- Do you like sports? Coach a team.
To find volunteer opportunities, call your city or county 2-1-1 information line. You can also visit www.volunteermidsouth.org, or check your yellow pages under “Volunteer Clearinghouse” or “Volunteer Center.”
STEPS ON THE PATHWAY
- Think past your own problems.
- Take inventory of the things you enjoy.
- Find people or things that could use your help.
- Schedule a time each day to devote to helping others.
- Volunteer with a friend.
If you need a guide to help you down the pathway, or if you feel that you need immediate assistance, call the Front Porch at 901.762.8558.