I started volunteering for the Social Services in South Wales recently. It’s been an eye opening experience. There are just so many different ways in which I can help people. But more than anything else, it has made me a happier person because I get to focus on helping others. It got me thinking about what all people can do to help others around them in their daily lives.
* Look around your neighbourhood. Are there young mothers who need a respite from their babies for a bit? Maybe you could help by offering to babysit for free. It would be a matter of just a few hours and you get to play with a baby for free! It’s a win win situation if you ask me. But jokes apart, your offer may give the mom a few hours of much needed sleep and rest.
* Maybe there are lonely elders in your community, who would love your company. Try to stop by their place a few times a week and just talk to them. Sometimes all people need, is some company. They will be grateful for the time you spend with them and for all you know, you may even enjoy listening to some of their stories of bygone times. Some older citizens may even be in need of assistance with food. Try to cook something for them as and when time permits. If you are going by the Laundromat to do your clothes anyways, why not offer to do theirs as well? It will take you the same amount of time and it will save them a trip to the Laundromat.
* Find out if there are kids in need of tutoring. If they need help with subjects that you are good at, why not offer your services? The feeling of passing on knowledge is unbeatable. As an added bonus you get to brush up on your basics too and interacting with youngsters will help keep you young and up to date with all the latest fads.
* If you have some extra time, offer to mow lawns or water plants for free. You have time to kill and people have chores to be done. Why not help someone out instead of wasting time being cooped up in front of the television or computer? Go out, enjoy the sun and help a neighbour in need.
As you can see, I have mentioned how none of these activities involve a lot of time or discomfort at your end. These are all easy to do things that would really help someone. So let’s make this world a better place and start with our own neighbourhood.