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Dec 11, 2015 by Anonymous

The holiday season is a great time for reminding us to care for our fellow man.  Rates of people volunteering their time always go up this time of year, only to drop off again before spring.  There are many opportunities to choose ranging from simple bell ringing for the Salvation Army to adopting a family for Christmas.  We not only volunteer our time to help others, but to discover something significant within ourselves.  

Some people think that volunteering is not for everybody.  Though this may be true, more of us are well suited to it, despite any hesitancy.  The key to finding and doing something meaningful is to use your personal gifts or skills.  Do you have musical ability?  Perhaps performing for the elderly at a retirement facility is the right fit for you.  Are you a natural born teacher?  Lead a class or workshop at your local community center.  Do you just love to be with children?  Try helping out at a shelter or their daycare center.

You can also think outside the box and try something totally new and perhaps even outside your comfort zone.  You may be able to learn a new skill at the same time that you are helping others.  It would be great if you could continue with your volunteer project for longer than just the season.  When it becomes a regular habit, people realize they feel happier overall.  Studies show that giving back is as beneficial to our own emotional well-being as it is to those we seek to help.

This holiday season find the volunteer experiences that fill your heart and soul.  It could turn out to be better than you ever thought it would.  You make new friends in the process, and that’s always a good thing!

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