How to start
Autumn is the time of year that sparks feelings of gratitude and giving. What better way to embrace the season than to find ways to give back to people or places that have inspired your life?
How to start
It can be as simple as getting in touch — either in person or online — with any organization you like and asking about opportunities or needs. There are plenty of ways to give back to your community, just choose what works best for you and get started.
What to do
Giving back creates a warm and supportive community where everyone feels valued and cared for. Here are some ideas to explore.
Offer up your time, unique skillset, money, or extra items like clothing and oral care supplies.
Create happiness by taking your pet to a local nursing home or spreading good news to make people smile.
Look for opportunities to lend a hand like tutoring a child, raking a disabled friend’s leaves, or taking an older neighbor to the dentist.
Shop at local businesses, attend your farmers market, plant trees in community areas, or even pick up litter around your neighborhood.
The rewards of giving back are bountiful. It allows us to grow individually and adjust our point of view, and it’s proven to lower stress and improve our physical and mental health. Ever notice how doing something for someone else bring a smile to both the receiver and the giver?
Here’s what giving back can do for you:
Gives a sense of meaning and purpose
Makes you and others smile
Keeps you active and engaged
Boosts self-confidence, self-esteem, and overall satisfaction with life
Reduces stress-related issues, including jaw clenching and teeth grinding
Improves overall mood