Making the Holidays Meaningful – for Yourself and Others


Looking for the Magic of Christmas? Searching for the Happiness of the HolidaysWanting to recreate those happy feelings from our childhood celebrations?  Try volunteering. 

As we all know, the holiday period can be a stressful time.  Research has shown that helping others reduces stress and makes us feel good about ourselves. 

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Helping others apparently kindles happiness.  Researchers in countless studies have examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness; their findings indicate that the more people volunteer, the happier they are.screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-11-30-18-pm

Children who volunteer are more likely to grow up to be adults who volunteer.  Communities where volunteers are active become more stable and closely connected.  Volunteering improves the health, happiness, and in some cases, the longevity of volunteers.

Make this happen for yourself and others this holiday season.  Contact your local religious institutions and neighbourhood food banks.  Get in touch with Volunteer West Island to see what community needs you can help fill. 

It’s never too early to begin preparing for the holidays!  Reaching out to others has been proven to be an effective way to reach ourselves and raise our own level of happiness, as well as making a difference in the lives of others – precisely because we are making a difference!

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It’s about time…

…time to help others