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Do Things for Others

Being social and making it a priority to do things for others can improve your life. It is common to find when you meet more people, involve yourself in activities, and feel needed, that your personal mental health improves, too.

When you help people other than yourself, it can bring a rush of happiness. This, many find, is followed by a calming feeling that can enhance your personal wellbeing.

When you do things for others, it can reduce feelings of social isolation and help you to feel a sense of belonging.

How to Get Started

There are many ways to give back. One possibility is to become a volunteer. If you are looking for ideas, ask those close to you or start your own list, including the options below.

  • Offer to make blankets or other crafts for patients in hospitals or nursing homes. Additionally, some hospitals have groups doing these projects together.
  • Ask a local school or library if there is a time you could read stories to children or help organize materials.
  • See if your local community center would appreciate help researching the history of your neighborhood.

Do Things for Others as Random Acts of Kindness

There are plenty of ways to reach out and spread joy. You could start with calling a friend you’ve lost touch with and letting them know you are thinking of them, for example. Or offer to walk a neighbor’s dog when they aren’t home.

If you would rather begin independently, try picking up trash left in the street. Once you feel more comfortable, you can smile to neighbors as they go by. They will likely be appreciate of a kind hand helping out to keep the streets clean and beautiful.

Evidence shows that helping others is beneficial for people’s mental health and wellbeing. Plus, when you begin to help others out, it is likely you will begin to notice others doing more for you, too. Support and connectivity is healthy for individuals, personal friendships, and the larger community.

Making It a Habit to Help Others

For many experiencing the healing journey after a mental health diagnosis, they find becoming active helpful. Once you feel empowered, it becomes easier to have increased participation and involvement in the community.

When you do things for others you are helping yourself. It’s important to make the effort  to spend time with others and to create friendships and bonds. People you can seek out not only when you need them, but as an essential part of your day-to-day life.

If you are a senior citizen, or you are about to become one, know that you have just as much to offer others as you did when you were younger. Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors, he knows how you can improve your life.

Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.

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