Give to receive

We’re on week three of my top tips to help you get out of a funk (next week is the final tip!). As you may recall, I have already prescribed a large dose of humor and an upbeat dance party. If you’re still feeling sad, lonely or angry, this tip will certainly do the trick.

Tip #3 — Give to receive

A little perspective can do wonders for a bad mood. If you just can’t seem to snap out of whatever funk has you down, go volunteer!

Every Saturday, I get to work with children and horses at Saddle Up. Even when I don’t really want to leave the house on a Saturday morning, as I drive down the country roads leading to the horse stables, something shifts. I start to notice the sky, the farms and look forward to spending time with the children, horses and other volunteers. After each class, even on those days when a child really tests my patience, I always feel better. And then there are days like this weekend when the sun is shining, the rider touches my face and smiles (he can’t speak) and a handsome new horse completely steals my heart by walking beside us the entire path. My cup is full – it runs over – and I am blessed beyond belief.

Whatever pulls at your heartstrings, do it. Donating money is always important, but if you really want to experience joy and receive the blessing of perspective, volunteer your time. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, after-school program, public library, etc. There are endless opportunities to give (and, thus, receive). When was the last time you volunteered your time? Start planning a way to give today. I promise it will lift your spirits!

I hope you have a joyful and love-filled week!!!


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