The past year has been a challenging one on many levels. A global pandemic has brought on issues of fear, financial concerns and the unknown. Many may feel a sense of apathy and difficulties finding a sense of purpose. One way to consider trying to find a ray of hope and a glimmer of happiness amongst the melancholy is to consider giving back.
Research has shown that helping others has physical as well as psychological benefits. Specifically, a study by the Cleveland Clinic found that aiding others may actually lower blood pressure, increase self-esteem, decrease depression, lower stress levels, increase longevity and improve a sense of happiness and satisfaction.
You may wonder what you can offer and how to begin giving back. It could be as simple as waving at neighbor as a show of connection. Depending on your comfort level, you might want to consider volunteering at a food bank or soup kitchen. Another option could include helping a neighbor in need pick up a prescription or groceries. Nextdoor is a community site on which people can offer their services and neighbors can also request assistance. At Leapcure , we help connect people to research options including donating plasma as a Covid-19 recovered donor, or as a regular donor.
Helping others is win-win. Often the sense of satisfaction in aiding others can benefit you in ways you might not expect. So consider breaking out to be in serve of others — you may find you get even more than you give.