(MotivateDaily.com) – The art of giving. It feels good to help someone in need. No matter how big or small the act of kindness, giving back can lead to more than putting a smile on someone’s face. It can actually help boost your inner well-being. It can also combat loneliness and boost self-esteem. Here is how making a difference in the lives of others can help with your own inner well-being.
Gives You a Sense of Belonging
New to the area? Not having a group of friends yet makes it difficult to feel like you belong. One way to feel a sense of community is to get out and help others. Volunteering with others on a routine basis can allow you to develop like-minded relationships. You all have the same goal — to help others.
Feeling like you don’t have a sense of purpose or direction? Easily remedy that by taking time to give yourself to others. Local companies need helpers in many areas including:
- Hospice volunteers
- Mental health support for veterans
- Senior transportation assistance
- Collecting food items
- Sign language assistant
- Pet rehoming and shelter care
There are countless ways to help. And when you do, you’ll instantly feel a sense of purpose. It’s a sense of worthiness that can transform your life too.
Reduces Feelings of Isolation and Loneliness
The years fly by, and while the kids are moved out and you’re alone, you still have a lot to offer the world. By being home every day, loneliness can easily set in. Give your time to others who could benefit from your knowledge.
Volunteer at your local school classroom. Many young kids need mentors or people who will read with them and help with schoolwork. The rewards are plentiful. Getting out of the house, making new friends, can help fight off feelings of loneliness.
Keeps Things in Perspective
Giving comes in many forms. Most people think of giving of themselves or time, but it can be giving away material items as well. If you know of someone in need of clothing or furniture and you wish to donate, it makes your heart happy. It puts your own life in perspective. You have a lot to be thankful for. A job, warm home, a bed to sleep in. Don’t take anything for granted. There are people out there who only wish they had what you have.
Giving back and doing for others has a plethora of benefits. It goes beyond a one-time opportunity to help someone; it makes you feel worthy and accomplished. The great part about volunteering is it has a spread effect. When others see the good you’re doing by giving back, they want to help too. It’s the perfect outcome!
~Here’s to Your Success!
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