Helping Others Can Help You Get Outside of Your Head

life sucks volunteerLife sometimes sucks.

When you’re battling self-image issues, it can feel even more “suck-ish”.  (Yes, I’m making up words now.)

The reality is, no matter how bad your situation is, there’s someone in a worse spot. I know, that’s really hard to remember, when life seems to be beating you up, from all sides. This is why helping others can really help you get some perspective.

This recent commercial (featuring a cover of one of my favorite Chainsmoker’s songs), is the impetus for this post.

The reality is, there are  A LOT of people (and animals) that need help. And, helping others less fortunate can really help you get outside of your own head. Instead of dwelling on your own problems, change your focus to doing good for someone else — even if it’s just for a short while.

Give yourself that mental break, as well as building up those Good Karma points.

Now, doing good doesn’t have to be monetary.  There are 3 ways you can help — Time, Talent and Treasure.  So, if you’re short on the Treasure end, that’s OK! Do you have a skill that could help others? Use that talent.

Example: I volunteer time at a local shelter, helping people write their resumes and honing their interview skills.

Maybe you say — “I don’t really have any talents!”  No problem!  There’s that Time component!

There are a lot of charities that just need warm bodies to help out. I try to get over to Feed My Starving Children at least once a month. Packing food takes no special skills at all. There are lots of other charities like this as well – animal shelters/rescues always need help with caring for their animals or sitting at adoption events. Food pantries love volunteers helping them stock and other tasks. Meals on Wheels always need delivery people. Or the American Cancer Society is always looking for volunteers to help drive people to their appointments.

There are a lot of great ways to help others, and a lot of great resources online to help you connect with these organizations.

So, if you’re feeling down, and think life is treating you crappy – give volunteering a try!

Let’s make the world a little bit better!


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