Given the daily dose of dire and depressing economic news, it’s not surprising that we tend to feel somewhat depressed as well. The signs include low energy and a general sense of fatigue and inertia. To remedy these ill effects, here is a practical, can-do tip to help you rise above the gray clouds of our gloomy economy and restore a sense of balance and perspective.
- Help someone without any expectation of reward. Once a day, open a door for someone, or tell them they look fabulous. Once a week, give up your latte and use those few dollars to buy a can or two of peas to donate to the food bank. Or volunteer at a shelter, school, or community center. Once a month, collect your gently used books or clothing and donate them to the library, shelter, church, or mosque. Whenever you can, smile. Smiles are free. Not only do they boost your own well being, they multiply when you give them away. Your smile might be just the sip of water someone is thirsting for. Remember that the truly wealthy are those who give until it feels good.
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