Ways to Give Back All Year
Giving Back All Year
Ways to Give Back to those in need and the community
Have you done an act of kindness recently? How did you feel after? Emotional Satisfaction?
That feeling can be described almost like a high. Some refer to it as the “helpers high.”
The high you feel after an act of kindness or generosity can extend throughout the day – longer than any drug high. Once an act of kindness is committed, the brain sends signals to release endorphins, otherwise known as the feel-good hormone.
The more you experience emotional satisfaction through giving back, small acts of kindness, or generosity you’ll significantly increase your healing process (both mentally and physically), mood, and self-worth. In return, you’ll notice a decrease in stress, depression, and anxiety.
Below you’ll find ways to ride your helpers high all year long.
Next time you volunteer, think beyond the time spent providing your services and think about the bigger picture – the community. Many non-profits, shelters, food banks, and hospitals (just to name a few) offer free amenities and services to help those in the community that need assistance. By volunteering your time to help those in your community goes without financial gain but in return, you will gain a sense of self-worth, a better mood, and the need to volunteer more often. Find an organization in your community you are most passionate about and start by volunteering your time or services for a few hours each week.
There are many ways you can donate. You can give your time, services, household goods, clothes, and food (just to name a few). Donating your personal belongings is a great way to help those who can not afford basic necessities like clothes or pots and pans. The best way to decide whether or not something is ready to be donated:
- Recollect when the last time the item was used. Rule of thumb, if it’s been more than two months since you’ve used or wore that particular thing, it is likely someone could have used it yesterday.
- Sort through clothes and shoes and donate the ones that the kids grew out of or items that have not been worn in more than a year.
- If you have more than two of the same item, get rid of one!
By donating these unused items not only helps those in need, but it also enables you to declutter. Remember the 23 Self-Help Tips? A cluttered drawer equals a cluttered mind.
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If you do not have household goods to donate, donate your services to those in need. Maybe you are a roofer or a barber, offer to fix the roof of a homeless shelter or cut hair for a victim of abuse. By extra non-perishable goods next time you go grocery shopping and donate them to your local food bank.
Help the Elderly
The best advice ever given to me was by a gentlemen during my clinicals; “treat me how you’d want to be treated.” He later yelled at me to wipe harder, but that’s a story for a different day. If you have an elderly neighbor or family member that has trouble mowing the lawn or shoveling the snow, offer to do it for them. Do household chores or errands once a week or as needed for them. Find other ways to help by fixing things around the house or walking their dogs. Visit your local nursing home and sign yourself up to be a companion or host a bingo night.
Other ways to give back
- Make a meal for a family in need
- Tutor a child or adult
- Help a Teacher
- Organize a community yard sale
- Help coach a team
- Teach a class
- Fix, serve, and deliver meals
- Start a food co-op
- Give blood
- Volunteer at an animal shelter
- Join Habitat for Humanity
- Run/walk to raise money
- Become an organ donor
- Foster a child
- Adopt an animal
- Support brands that give back- Thrive Market, TOMs, Bombas Socks, etc.
What are some ways you give back?