How Giving To Others Can Be Good For You
We all lead busy lives, and it's often tricky to find time to do the things you need to do for yourself and your family, with out fitting in extras. However, if you can incorporate some volunteering or giving to others into your schedule, you may find that this brings you new levels of happiness.
When you are giving your time and effort to others, you can develop a more positive opinion of yourself and feel that you are contributing positively to the world. Research shows that people who volunteer or do things for others are happier than those who do not.
If you're stuck for ideas, here are a few ways in which you can give your time and energy to other people so that you, as well as they, will feel the benefits.
1. Volunteer for a charity. If you can find a charity local to you, that is relevant to your interests and has vacancies for volunteers, you may find that this is an extremely rewarding way to enhance your life. If you are unable to commit to physical volunteering roles, you may find that helping with admin or volunteering as a trustee may be very useful indeed.
2. Look around your local community. There may be many people living close to you who do not have friends and family close by to help them with their daily lives. You may be able to get involved with a local support group or even help out with an elderly neighbour's shopping. Building bridges in your local community is a great way to enhance your life and make you feel better.
3. Gift your time. There are few things more special than a home-made gift, and if you have put your time into baking or making something, you will be giving away something very special. The time you spend getting creative will be relaxing and restorative in itself, and your pride in your achievement will
make you feel great.
4. Random acts of kindness. RAOK groups are taking off all over the world, simply encouraging others to do something nice for a stranger. Random acts vary from giving away cookies to buying a stranger a house, so you can tailor your act of kindness to your recipient and your means. You'll feel good that you did something great, and the person you help may be motivated to pass on the kindness, contributing to a wave of positivity across the planet.
Whether you're helping out a friend or volunteering for a charity, the process of giving up your time and energy for others can be very rewarding, and can leave you feeling good about yourself as well as helping someone else.
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Morgan found yoga 15 years ago as a way to recover from anorexia. It has carried her through her PhD, raising twin girls and in a move towards her passion she chose to pursue full time yoga teaching in 2012. Since then she has led several yoga retreats, co-owned a yoga studio (Yoga-on-Tay) and helped to develop a 'yoga for amputees' program along with Finding Your Feet (FYF) Charity. When she is not yoga-ing, or parenting Morgan competes for Scotland in ultra distance running and cross country. Morgan believes that yoga is for everyone.