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Friday, August 31, 2018

Another way to be happier is to Give Back. As little as 2 hours of volunteering a week can give you that happy glow known as the "Helper's High."

I know that several of us on this site are retired and now have the ability to volunteer. I have volunteered in several areas over the years. When I was teaching a Vocational Course titled, "Health Careers", I taught Seniors from 5 different High Schools. They were bused to our local Nursing Home. I team taught this class with a Registered Nurse and by the time the class was finished in the Spring, the students could leave with a Nurse's Aid Certificate, a Certificate in CPR and also First Aid if all qualifications were met. The students actually worked with the patients in the Nursing Home and did things like write letters or notes for them, fix their hair, or just visit (which is what the patients liked the most). When the class ended for the summer, I continued to volunteer 2 afternoons/week doing whatever was needed. I often brought my youngest son with me. He was 4 at the time and the residents really enjoyed talking to him and getting hugs when we would leave. I did this for 10 years. Then I had a full-time teaching position in another city and volunteered as a tutor in the High School. My current volunteer position is with American Girl. We meet once or twice a week over the year getting ready for the sale in July. This year we made a bit over 1 million dollars. The majority of the money earned goes to the Madison Children's Museum and the rest is divided between 5 organizations for women and children (Protective situations for abused wives and children), Boy's Club, a children's Art program that does murals in the community, etc.. I feel that volunteering had a big effect on our boys too. They saw both my DH and I volunteer in many different areas and now that they are young men with families of their own, both make time to volunteer when they see a need.

I always feel good after spending time volunteering..................
I guess it is the "Helper's High."
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