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6 Ways Giving Back to Your Community Boosts Your Career

The happy glow you get from volunteering in your community can do more than make you feel good – it can also help advance your career. Here are six of the many ways it pays to be a great volunteer: Expand Your Professional Network When you volunteer you meet new people. As you get to know them better, you may chat about your job and your goals. You never know if the person raking leaves next to you is looking to hire someone with your skills and ambitions, or can lead you to a new opportunity. Bond With Your Co-Workers If you’re lucky enough to work for a company that engages in community service as a team, getting away from the office and volunteering together is a great way to bond and builds a high-producing team. In fact, a survey by AmericanCharities.org reveals that 87 percent of employees expect their…

5 Ways to Look and Feel Better in the New Year

Every January, you get the chance to start fresh with a new year and a new you. Statistics show that those who consciously make New Year’s resolutions are 10 times more likely to achieve them than people who don’t, so take the time to write them down or talk about them with those closest to you.To kick-start your efforts, here are five ways to make your life better in 2016. Get Healthy This year, resolve to replace your fat pants and cigarettes with a plan to get (and stay) healthy in 2016. Start with a pledge to achieve a healthy weight. According to Shape Magazine, you’ll be more likely to keep accurate calorie if you have someone else do the counting, so recruit a weight loss buddy and resolve to hold each other accountable. Next, pledge to toss your smokes. According to The American Cancer Society, smoking is the largest…

5 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays for Less

According to a poll released this month by Gallup, American adults are planning to spend an average of $830 on holiday gifts this year. Not only is this $110 more than last year’s projected average, but it’s also the highest on record since 2007. However, a new study by Cornell University psychology professor Tom Gilovich indicates that the best way to increase the enjoyment, satisfaction and general happiness of your loved ones during the holidays is to give them real-life experiences – not material gifts. In addition to being less expensive than a typical present, a shared experience with a loved one has a longer “shelf life” and can even help us define who we are as people. Here are five, holiday experiences you can give your family and friends that won’t cost an arm and a leg – and are sure to make everyone involved feel loved and appreciated.…

Make Your Summer Count

Summer is in full swing, and for many of us, that means having more time on our hands than usual. While getting away with family and friends is a great way to spend those summer Fridays, long weekends and weeks off that you have planned, there’s another way to put all that downtime to good use: volunteering. Can Helping Others Help You? Yes! Not only does volunteering positively impact others, it can change your own life for the better. Being of service to an organization, a person or an animal has been proven to stave off depression, and good mental health can have a wealth of positive effects on your physical health — from your immune system to your waistline. It can also teach us humility, compassion and gratitude for all that we have to give. How Do I Volunteer? Many people who wish to volunteer have trouble connecting with…

Spring Into Fitness!

Spring is the perfect time of year to improve your fitness – especially if you’ve been hunkering down all winter long. But if you think that means you have to shell out big bucks for a gym membership or Pilates classes, think again. Here are seven easy ways to integrate more exercise into your daily life this spring – without setting foot in a gym! Play With Your Kids Your children can be a great incentive to exercise. Instead of plugging them into an iPad when you have some downtime, plan fun outdoor activities like swimming, bike riding, hiking, or hitting the monkey bars in the park. You’ll both benefit from the exercise – and the chance to bond. Take the Scenic Route Whenever possible, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Doing some shopping? Park in a spot that’s as far from the store entrance as possible so you can get…

Five Ways To Give Back To Your Community Over The Holidays

12-25-14 SQ Blog FBWhile the holiday season is a great time to count our blessings, it’s an even better time to help those who are less fortunate. While making a financial contribution to your favorite charity is a wonderful holiday gesture, many of us forget that we can give back in a more hands-on way by volunteering locally. In addition to making a difference and teaching your kids that the holidays are about giving (and not just getting), community outreach can be a great family bonding activity. Here are five ideas for giving back to your community that can be fun for the whole family.

  1. Adopt a family. Many local organizations and religious groups can help you sponsor an underserved family in your area over the holiday season. Sponsoring can entail anything from buying food and gifts to preparing meals and spending the holidays with your adopted family. If you’re worried that you don’t have enough financial resources to spare, remember that the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.

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