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Selfless Efforts Can Help You More Than Others

By Tom Herrin

There are countless causes out there looking for volunteers.  You may very well get phone calls every day asking for donations or promoting some kind of cause.  Many people have needs.  Becoming involved in ways to help others can actually help us as much as those we are seeking to help.  The notion of finding ourselves while we lose ourselves in service of others can be rewarding.  The feel of helping someone else is indescribable.  There is a certain fulfillment that is available only by the act of doing for someone in some kind of need that is unattainable by themselves.  You don’t have to do them all, but finding a cause you can embrace can change your life.

A Simple Way To Start

If you have never been connected to a cause, you will be pleasantly surprised to find them everywhere.  For lack of something definite, most people can give blood.  This is a means where you can give something that is truly lifesaving.  Most of the time you won’t even know who the recipient is.  This act of giving can provide you with a sense of accomplishment, and it doesn’t take but about 30 minutes.  You can only give every eight weeks so the time commitment is minimal.

Real Health Benefits For You

There is something to be said for the act of volunteering itself.  It has an effect on the person who volunteers that is difficult to quantify.  Studies have shown that such people who do so on a regular basis, especially as they become a little older, can experience lower blood pressure.  The act of doing for others tends to decrease stress and promote more physical activity.  When you are doing for someone else, you are less conscious of the work you are doing.  It becomes less of a chore.

Spending Time With Others Can Improve Social Life

When you are an active volunteer, you have to be involved with people in some way.  Most of the time it will be direct involvement.  You will not only interact with those whom you are serving, but also other volunteers.  A mutual respect for one another’s acts of service can be appreciated by all.  The good feeling translates into good relations.  Everybody wins.  While you should be striving to do for others, you cannot help but feel better yourself.  In that respect, you almost feel selfish for such good feelings.  You will receive every bit as much as those you help.  Why not give it a try?  You may be pleasantly surprised.

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

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