As the temperatures begin to drop and the trees around us put on an amazing show, we’re focusing on Grounded, the feeling of comfort, connection and familiarity with the world around us.
The Cerra team chatted about our desire to feel Grounded, and we all agreed that there’s no better way to feel connected to the people and the places in which we live than to do a little volunteering this month.
We’re all born with a natural sense of compassion and begin to show our altruistic sides as early as the age of three. As we get older, however, we may begin to hide our compassion out of fear of getting hurt or being viewed as naïve. Yet, studies are showing that following our innate desire to help others can have its benefits—it’s the most powerful way to raise happiness levels, and the closer we are to the people or groups that we help, the better we feel.
So how do we get started? Here are a few things to try this month to add to your happiness and community connection.
• Buy a few extra cans of food to donate to a food pantry.
• Rake an elderly neighbor’s leaves.
• Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
• Coach a little league team or lead a scout troop.
• Clean out your closets and donate gently used items to charity.
• Join a community park clean up or school beautification project.
• Do something nice on Make a Difference Day, October 27
These are just a few ideas to get started, and you can find more on websites such as volunteermatch.org and volunteer.gov. Some of you may already have things you like to do to help others, and we’d love to hear about them. Just tell us in the comments below—what do you to do give back, and how does