How Giving Comes Around
From the time you were a child, you've been told that volunteering is good for you. And it’s true, physiologically as well spiritually. Studies done by organizations like the Corporation for National and Community Service show that health markers, such as blood pressure and pulse rate, improve in their volunteers. The same goes for depression and self-esteem. These studies even found that volunteers live longer than non-volunteers.
Every major religious and spiritual path includes community and selfless service as a hallmark. In the yoga tradition, seva (pronounced “say-vuh”) is considered the ultimate means to achieve happiness in this lifetime. Think of it this way: as a soul experiencing what it means to be human, seva is a profound way to learn. You share in a diversity of experiences that allow you a boost in confidence because you see yourself at your best. Sign up to serve at a soup kitchen, walk dogs at the local shelter or plant tomatoes at the community garden. Be humble, be bright and light up your little corner of the world.
Recommended: The Call of Service: A Witness to Idealism by Robert Coles
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