Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Spreading Wellness: Have you experienced increased happiness from volunteering?

Superior Rotarians Club #40
Warren, Ann, and Jodi - the early risers who
volunteered from 5 - 7 a.m.
Yes, this morning, which is why this blog is going
 out a little bit late. Can you please forgive the
tardiness this week? :) Thank you, friends and followers.
At 3:44 a.m., my eyes opened. One minute before the expectant, "Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding" chimed on my phone to let me know it was time to get out of bed. A much different way to start my day. Sometimes my alarm goes off at 4:30 so I can get out for a run, but 3:44 is, well, wow, it just seems like hours earlier. But, I'm not complaining. My body was ready to move, my brain was just a bit slower to start working. By 4:30 a.m., a group of us were at the WDIO-TV news station, ready for instructions on taking donations live, in the studio. :) It really was a great way to start the day. Superior Rotary Club #40 had a match going on from 5-7 a.m., and there were some local donors who took advantage of that. But the real star of the day was, The Second Harvest Food Bank (there is a link to volunteer on their home page). We were all there to help raise money and awareness for this amazing organization who offers meals to our local community. Their Executive Director, Shaye Moris, told us this morning that a $1 donation can provide 5 meals. Every dollar counts! Great work, Second Harvest Food Bank. You can make your donation online by clicking HERE. I have to say, by 7 a.m. when our shift was over, my brain was smiling. It just took my a little bit to wake up. :)

Volunteering and donating are 2 often overlooked items on your wellness plans. They both improve happiness. Along with other benefits, WebMD says that volunteering can help lower levels of depression, increase life satisfaction, and enhance well-being. Wow! That is amazing! All from helping others. :) Are they in your plan?

Photo taken by: Maarja Anderson from WDIO
E3 Twin Ports, LLC truly believes in community service and giving back, which is why I signed up to volunteer for the Second Harvest Food Bank this morning at WDIO-TV. I encourage you to experience this yourself, if you haven't already. I also encourage you to involve your young children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends to get out and volunteer. Our family has made it an annual tradition to volunteer at the DECC over Thanksgiving, and the smile on our little ones face as she took charge of her station is a memory that her Dad and I will always remember. It truly made a positive impact on her life, and we know that she will continue this spirit of volunteering into her adult life. Yes, her smile illuminated the happiness that it brought to her.

Have you experienced increased happiness from volunteering? Will you begin volunteering as part of your health plan? This holiday season is a perfect time to volunteer if you haven't already. Your community thanks you for volunteering for an organization that has meaning to you. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr asked the question best, "What are you doing for others?" 

If you have experienced benefits of volunteering, please share them with us, by posting a comment on our blog, or sending us an email. We would love to hear from you! info@e3twinports.com.

To learn more about E3's upcoming 2016 programs, please click this link, scroll through to see what looks good (gift certificates are available). And, if you are interested in the women's winter wellness retreat, click here. Then, email me at info@e3twinports.com to register. :)

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Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner
E3 Twin Ports, LLC
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