Find your gift to give away!!

Imagine ending each day knowing that you have done something to positively impact someone. Maybe you gave up your seat on public transport so an elderly man wouldn’t have to stand. Maybe you complimented someone on their clothes and brought a smile to their face. Maybe you make the residents at a homeless shelter feel more comfortable and appreciated. How you help someone is up to you because there are so many ways to give and to make your community and the world a better place.

I encourage everyone to incorporate some sort of giving into their lives. Volunteering is always a win-win experience: you gain valuable skills and a sense of purpose while improving your community and changing someone’s day or life. Research continues to show that volunteering significantly improves your mental health: relieves tension, lowers your risk of depression, and boosts self-confidence. Through volunteering, you may improve your social skills, learn to work in teams, find creative solutions to problems, and network with like-minded individuals. Aren’t these essential skills to have in your personal and professional life? Self-growth and satisfaction are what makes volunteering so incredible.

Now that you’re convinced about getting involved in giving opportunities, you may be wondering where to start. Visit your favorite non-profit’s website; they will always have a page for giving. I also love VolunteerMatch because you can find local and remote opportunities, filter based on your area of interest, and apply through the website itself. Most importantly, try to integrate your interests and passions when giving. If you go to the beach every weekend, try beach clean-ups. If you play the piano, play music at a nursing home. If you know how to knit, make sweaters for the homeless. If you love art, make cards for patients at the hospital. The list goes on and on!

William Shakespeare quotes, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” Serving others and giving to the world will be deeply fulfilling and invaluable. Happy giving!

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