It is said the quickest way to get out of the doldrums or escape a rut is to help others. Helping others takes your focus off your problems (or perceived problems) and puts that negative energy to good use.
“The true way to soften one’s troubles is to solace those of others.”
– Madame de Maintenon
You might ask, what can I do? People of all ages can find a need somewhere that they can volunteer some time, talent or both to help others. Think about the things you are good at. Think about the things you like to do. Chances are that your skill set will match up with a need in your community.
A quick look at local volunteer opportunities reveals a list as long as your arm of different talents needed. For example, do you like pets? The pet shelters are often in need of pet walkers and other duties to assist in the care of the animals at the shelter. Are you good with children? Maybe there is a children’s hospital that needs volunteers or perhaps the Ronald McDonald House could use your help. Or reading to children at the local school. Maybe you like to be outdoors? The municipal, state and national parks often need help with their visitor centers and other operations.
“The most infectiously joyous men and women are those who forget themselves in thinking about others and serving others.”
– Robert J. McCracken
Like visiting with people? Museum volunteers get a chance to meet lots of new people and talk about interesting topics. Non-profit thrift stores can use a hand too with customer service, sorting, stocking, etc. As you can see, there is a good chance that someone needs your skills nearby and you get the added bonus of feeling good and leaving the doldrums behind.
“Help your brother’s boat across, and your own will reach the shore.”
– Hindu proverb
Family Friend Estate Solutions can help you when it’s time to downsize and one of our services can help transport items if you decide to donate unwanted goods to a local thrift shop or non-profit. Let us know if we can help you when it’s time to downsize and organize.