Holiday Tip: Think Outside the Shirt Box and Give the Gift of Service

Posted on 12/20/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeDo you remember when you were a child and the Sears catalog would arrive right before the holidays and you, or at least I would, go through and circle everything you wanted for Christmas? It had all the presents you could want in one place. I can hear my father right now saying, “Did you leave anything for anyone else?” I would always have a split second of guilt, but it quickly passed. The holidays can be like a juggling act, …

Be A Game Changer With One Kind Act

Posted on 11/1/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeWhy do people help perfect strangers? Have you ever given that much thought? As I was driving down a very busy street in Memphis recently, my gas cap was open; can’t imagine how that happened, but I passed thousands of cars and after being miles from the gas station, a middle-aged woman honked her horn at me and rolled her window down and said, “Your gas cap is open.” I thought how many people have seen this and just chose …

Help Others, Help Yourself

Posted on 04/15/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your Life“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama Did you know that having compassion and helping people is actually good for your well-being? It relieves stress and improves psychological wellness. And come on, if the Dalai Lama believes it! Barbara Graham put together 7 strategies to use for you to be a more compassionate person. It does well for others, as well as yourself: A win-win. Here’s her …