If you are feeling the blues or need to do some good, then get out in your community! The more good will and positivity we share, the better we feel ourselves. It is a win-win for everyone, and you get to make the community in which you live a better place for all.
You never know who you will meet, the friendships you will develop, and the sense of meaning and purpose that comes with helping out. Give it a shot! It doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time of cost you any money. See for yourself some ideas of what you can do around town to spread some love and become a happier you!
Volunteer at a homeless shelter
There are lots of homeless shelters around looking for able hands and willing volunteers. You will help the lives of many less fortunate people by spending a few hours helping out.
Help out at an animal rescue
It is estimated that almost 8 million animals end up in shelters in the USA each year. Of these almost 3 million are euthanized. Lend a hand and save an animals life. Or better yet, take one home with you!
Help an elderly family member
Maybe it is due time that you went and visited an elderly family member. Perhaps you have a widowed grandparent or a lonely aunt or uncle who would love some companionship for the day.
Help out or donate to a food bank
There are close to 50 million Americans living in poverty, almost 16 million of which are children under the age of 18. Your healthy food donation or your time there will help feed people and children in need.
Take part in a charity event
If there is a particular cause that you are passionate about, donate some time and hope with a local community event. You can also ask your significant other to donate money to this cause instead of buying you flowers and chocolates.
Bring someone else flowers
If you are always the fortunate recipient of flowers make a point of sharing the love and bringing someone else not as fortunate something nice. Maybe a friend or co-worker who just went through a breakup? Flower go a long way to brighten someone’s day!
Spend time with the person you love
Make some time to do something special for the love of your life. Put aside work and other commitments to really give them the best gift of all – you!