Real talk: The world can be an overwhelming place sometimes. If you pay attention to the news you can start to feel like there’s a whole lot of bad out there; so much so that doing good sounds kind of pointless. Allow us to remind you: It’s not. In fact, getting involved in your community can actually help counteract negative feelings — and make you a healthier person (really).
There are so many ways to give back that are easy and not time-consuming. And while they may seem small, these little acts can have a major impact not only on you but on the world around you. By getting involved in your community, you can meet new friends, learn new skills, boost your mood, self-esteem, and overall well-being (studies actually show that generosity is good for your health). Plus, you’re making a difference. What’s better than that?
If you’re ready to get involved in something but you’re not sure exactly what that something should be, we’re here to help. Ahead, check out five small ways to help out in your community. We bet you’re feeling better already.