Each morning I have a similar routine: get up, make coffee, walk dog, pour coffee, sit down and check the headlines...yes, I'm of that generation that does this online. So this morning, as I was perusing the news sites, I was very excited to see a story front and center about volunteering.
Truth be told, I actually almost spit my coffee out of my mouth when I saw the prominent headline on CNN.com - right front and center, "Volunteers give tender touch." It's actually part of a 12 day seasonal focus where the news giant will bring viewers stories about giving in the spirit of the holiday season.
Should I have been so surprised? I wish not, but too often these stories get pushed aside for other pop culture/politico headlines. Understandably so, the points made in this article are timeless, but they are important and urgent for us to read and hear...if we desire a happier life that is. This was a news story not just about "an ordinary person doing extraordinary things", this article actually focused on people struggling and helping themselves by helping others. 2009 was a tough year for a lot of us and to know that there are ways to seek out happiness, especially around the holidays, is a news story worthy of the top spot.
I'm excited because it argues a point I've been making all along: a giving attitude actually has a positive effect on one's mental and physical health. Stories like Cami Walker, a 33-yr old woman diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, who understandably-so was brought to her knees with her struggle to cope and fight the disease. It was a spiritual advisor and friend who insisted she start a trial run of 29 days of giving...now a published book, Walker explains how this behavior changed her outlook and her life. Though not cured of MS, she certainly shares that her life is vastly improved since adopting a giving attitude.
A great quote from Azim Jamal, a motivational speaker is what I leave you with today. "The power of giving is instantaneous, continuous and eternal," he said. "When you die, you don't take what you have. You take what you gave."
Enjoy the full article here.