May 13, 2010

Keep Hope Alive!

How does mentoring impact other's lives?

I guess the statistics are still out, but according to the, there has been a sharp decline in service from 1999. The good news is that participating in service oriented activities has gained momentum with an upswing that is occurring now. This increase is being closely monitored. To put pen to paper on the positive influence volunteering to help someone else's circumstances can be for the community and for the self may inspire more service!

Research is now determining that helping out your fellow man has more benefit to it than the rudimentary "helper's high". suggests, "volunteering provides them with physical and social activity and a sense of purpose at a time when their social roles are changing. Some of these findings also indicate that volunteers who devote a 'considerable' amount of time to volunteer activities (about 100 hours per year) are most likely to exhibit positive health outcomes.These findings are particularly relevant today."

Altruism can be good for your heart, it improves brain activity and is a great supplement on your resume.

People like to hire folks who are giving. It means you are well-rounded, unselfish, and socially oriented.

Even through my chronic shyness, I have always been a giver.

You don't need to be an extrovert to help someone in need. Many times, it only takes a few hours, a bit of  effort, an idea or movement.

Encouraging our children to be less self-absorbed may also chip away at many of the behavioral issues we have been seeing the past few decades.

If children are too busy helping someone else, how can they be a pain!

Additionally, many children who are  suffering disorders, may simply need to be needed in a postive way.

I applaud all of the organizations who make it SO easy for us to put our hands in!


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