the joy of volunteering
NBA All-Star Center/Power Forward Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers has been quoted as saying, "Acts of kindness can be a form of therapy to feel better during the pandemic.". I agree. Fact is, the PhDs I interviewed for my book "Why Being Happy Matters" (whybeinghappymatters.com) agree too, having told me that volunteering to help out always contributes to making you feel happy.
I was raised in a family that believed in giving back. Volunteering was the norm, under our Latin family motto, ut prosim allis. I was such a fabulous Latin scholar back in the day [not!] that I even know what that means: To put others first. This standard remains in force for me today. And you know what: happiness does increase when you volunteer to help others through acts of kindness. You just feel that much better about life knowing you're helping other people who may be less fortunate than you in one way or the other.
So, Kevin Love is right: acts of kindness will increase your positive vibe.
Why not volunteer today: I'll bet your community can use your services and skills in lots of ways to help out during this pandemic. And if you do reach out to help, take it from me: your acts of kindness will make you feel happier. And isn’t that what we all need at this challenging time?
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