“I wish I could do something like that but I just don’t have the time!”
said every person ever.
Dedicating some of your time and energy to a good cause sounds so ideal to many, but it’s often dismissed–staying just an ideal and not becoming a reality. Whether we’re spending our time working, going through school, interning, running never-ending errands, or doing chores around the house, it seems like there’s no time to squeeze in something that doesn’t have a direct and immediate impact on our lives. Things we all would love to do we just don’t seem to have time for anymore, including giving back to others.
Hey! Cheer up, busy bee! Doing something that makes you feel good isn’t an added stress, it’s a stress reliever! As impossible as it may seem in your life right now, it is entirely possible to lead the giving lifestyle you’ve been yearning to lead without sacrificing a thing that you’ll miss. Do you want to know how and why?
When you’re giving your time to something you’re passionate about and that you really love, it doesn’t feel like you’re giving up anything at all.
About a year ago, I needed a life pick-me-up… I was growing increasingly tired of the “me”-driven behavior that naturally reigns supreme in my collegiate age group. The circumstances surrounding growing up lead us to act in this way, but it’s just not who I am. So, I began my personal endeavor to start donating my time and efforts to places that could use it more than, say, …Facebook.
As a busy college student, I started with a very small commitment that I actually did not complete until recently:
In my last post I introduced The Cheerful Times‘ new feature, the How to Be Happy series. I would like to kick off this new addition with a somewhat heavier first tip that holds a lot of importance to me personally: throw out the bad apples.
We meet a lot of people in life. Some of them are insanely wonderful, some of them are downright unpleasant. Some of them start out being insanely wonderful and then turn out to be downright unpleasant. And some, of course, just straight out suck. With all the good people we have in our lives, why is it that we continue to hold on to (and often give priority to) those who make us feel a certain incompleteness?
Today was a beautiful day! It’s the beginning of March and my college campus was already blessed with a 60 degree preview to spring. One of the things I love most about randomly gorgeous days is the renewed motivation they instill in people. Suddenly everyone forgot about the winter blahs and being trapped in their poorly-lit dorm rooms by the outside wind chill, and instead played Frisbee on the field, watched the baseball game from the top of the hill with their friends and families, and even gave suntanning an early try.
The feeling today’s weather gave me inspiration for a new blog series: “How to Be Happy”. There may not be an overwhelming amount of tips highlighted in the series that are positively groundbreaking, but that’s not the point! It’s all about taking things that mean a lot to me personally and sharing my perspective. It’s nice to be reminded of ways to make us breath a little easier, things we often forget about when trapped in the depths of our busy, stressful lives.
The first post of the series will premiere sometime this week. In the meantime, please enjoy this picture of a happy pug in a turtle costume… it certainly cheered me up!
I hope your days have been just as beautiful as mine!