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Bright Spot: Make a Difference in Someone's Life

By Sandy Schroeder

Lately I have been looking for bright spots in the midst of our chaotic world. If you are too, you might try one that always seems to work.  Look around and find someone to help and do just that. Knowing that I made something positive happen does wonders for my mood. Suddenly everything else looks better too. 

Where to Help 

Making a difference in a neighbor's loneliness, an overflowing animal shelter, or a struggling local hospital or library could be a great way to lift their spirit and yours. 

Sometimes when we get bogged down in our own issues, it is easy to feel that we are the only ones feeling overwhelmed. Take a minute and think about what needs fixing and what you could do about it. 

Many cat and dog shelters need help - Arrive with supplies and stay to help walk the dogs or play with the cats. Take your kids and enjoy watching them help too. Join fundraisers for the shelters and remember to keep coming back to keep them going. 

Help revive the local library - In the midst of everything, local libraries have struggled to keep going to be there when we need them. Stop by to lend a hand or drop off extra books. Stay to discover what else your library offers. Family trees, computer services, best sellers and all sorts of "how to" books are available. 

Bring a smile - Look around your neighborhood and your community for people who are cooped up and lonely. Stop by with a plate of cookies and some conversation to brighten their day. While you are there, see what else they might need. Take them shopping or give them a ride to an appointment. Help them trim the bushes or get rid of trash. Remember to make them a regular stop in the future. They will count on it. 

Help the kids in hospitals - Show up with gifts, music or jokes to help kids who are in the hospital. I watched a group of young resident doctors take their music to the kids. They loved jazz and showed up with their instruments to create an afternoon of fun for the kids. You might help with computers, comics, or funny hats and be amazed at the difference that you have made. 

Wherever you are right now, pause a moment to look around. When you spot someone who needs help, reach out. You may be amazed at the difference that you can make.  

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lakewood, Calif.

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