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Volunteer--It's Good for Your Soul!

Yes, volunteering really is good for your soul--and it's good for your body and mind too!

Doctors and psychologists frequently encourage their patients to get involved in direct, hands-on service through local churches and community organizations. Business leaders also often recognize that many of their best employees are active volunteers.  Allan Luks in his book, The Healing Power of Doing Good: The Health and Spiritual Benefits of Helping Others, writes, "Doing good makes you feel good. Concentrating on others makes us forget our own problems and troubles and lifts us out of ourselves." He contends that exercise and good nutrition, for all their power to keep us healthy, are not enough for a truly vibrant life. “The next revolution in health care must be to bring to our awareness the health potential of helping others."

Those who have experienced personal tragedy or loss in their own lives often find that by serving others, the healing of their own pain is hastened. Volunteer service can be an effective catalyst for learning new ways of relating to other people. Volunteers consistently report improved personal and work relationships because they have become more confident in sharing latent talents and inner qualities that have been ignored or neglected.

How about you? Isn't it time to volunteer? By becoming actively involved in SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors, you'll be putting your beliefs into action. A few hours of your time will make a difference. As Helen Keller said, "I am only one, but still I am one; I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do." You, too, will be able to share and pass on many of the blessings that have graced your life. You'll empower others and gain a sense of personal satisfaction in knowing you have made a difference. And you will experience incredible appreciation from the individuals whose lives you touch.

Become a part of SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors. Find out for yourself that doing something to help others helps everyone, including you.    


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