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Whether it’s doing something for you, your loved ones or members of your community, check out these ways to boost serotonin levels throughout these cold months.
Giving back your time as a board member is a fulfilling way to help make a difference for a cause that you love.
Giving back to the world starts with you. How will you focus on your mental health this week?
This year, instead of simply focusing on your loved ones, consider using February as a time to spread love all over your community. From small acts of kindness to lasting community connections, there are so many ways you can show love this month.
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Helping others can provide a new sense of purpose that may have been dwindling as a result of the new way of life we’ve endured in 2020. So in order to breathe new life into 2021 and beyond, it’s time to look outside ourselves and focus on others.
The good you put out into the world will not only benefit the organization you’re volunteering with, but also will leave your family feeling good about the positive work you’ve accomplished together.
People in your everyday life may be struggling much more than you know. So what can you do to help?
Just when you thought the holidays were over, the season of giving has extended into 2021. Use this month as a time to put good vibes out into the universe and continue giving.
While there may only be a few days left, there’s still time to put forth your best effort in 2020. Close out the year with one of these five acts to end on a high note.
While you’ve probably been looking ahead for quite awhile, it’s now time to think about how you’ll spread kindness and love in the coming year.
Bringing joy to others is the fastest way for us to experience joy. Shifting our perspective from focusing on ourselves to others may be the birth of compassionate concern for others’ well-being. Generosity is often an outgrowth of compassion. Compassion and generosity fill our lives with joy. Advent is a time of longing and waiting as we prepare to receive anew the gift that has already been given, the gift of God’s love in Jesus Christ. But the deeper meaning of Advent and Christmas for me is our awakening to our oneness.
In this third week of advent, we’re encouraged to ponder how joy arises through Christ. Right away we sense the possibilities. There’s the “everlasting joy” of God’s promise in the scripture from Isaiah. There’s the joy of comfort in being part of God’s family.
This is an Advent unlike any most of us have ever experienced, a season to fall to our knees in prayer. Advent is a season of introspection, a time of reflecting upon the upcoming birth of the baby in the manger; as well as Christ’s presence among us today through the movement of the Holy Spirit. Advent is a time of expectation and hope as we pause each day in prayer to remember why God came to us in the form of a real, flesh and blood baby – a reason for joy.
Giving back and spreading the love this holiday season is sure to make your friends, family and loved ones smile.
In my adult years and with our troubling political climate I have grown to appreciate the bravery of John the Baptist to speak unpopular truths or in other words speak truth to power. John the Baptist stood alone in the wilderness and preached the coming of a redeemer and baptized marginalized people into a beloved community.
Have you ever been in wilderness? Not the kind of wilderness where you live in humble connection with the natural world, but the wilderness that Isaiah and the gospel writers endured with their people. Exile.
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The popularity of prescription drugs has been growing steadily; between 1997 and 2016, the number of prescriptions written for adults and children in America increased 85 percent, from 2.4 billion to 4.5 billion. According to a Consumer Reports survey, 55 percent of Americans regularly take prescription medications; many are taking multiple prescription drugs at any given time.
I don’t know about you, but I can find myself in that place of thinking “no way anything will change.” Especially in this year, it has been easy to see what’s happening in our families, in our communities, in our nation, and in our world and say that there's simply “no way.” And yet, I find that Advent continues to remind me of the promises found in the birth of the Christ child.
This Advent we’re being dragged under water in the middle of the broad, deep river of history where the current is strong, has overflowed the levees of reality. The COVID-19 pandemic is at a historic high and has turned our lives upside down. Sometimes all we can do is hold on and not be overcome by the “tuff stuff” of our life.
If we give ourselves the time and the opportunity during the Advent season for prayer and reflection, focusing on the gift God gives of God’s son, laying our concerns at God’s feet, we find a new sense of hope and peace.
Whether donating money or time, giving back has been shown to make a positive impact that goes far beyond the initial act of giving.
Hope defies the limits of reality and can be beautiful, magnificent even; one of the driving forces for dreams to become reality and the strength to do the impossible. Hope can also be debilitating or even blinding. Hope can stifle and prevent one from seeing the alternative to accomplishing a dream. Hope can also let us down if it takes too long or never manifest into reality.
Imagine that you are Mary. How would you feel being told of your coming pregnancy? How would you respond?
God is present in the darkness and in what follows. God is continually arising in and upon the cosmos creating something new and wonderful. On the sixth day from the beginning, God created us, humans, in God’s image and likeness and pronounced us “Very Good”. And in another time of darkness, God manifested God’s Self in Jesus.
University Park UMC's Advent Devotional for 2020
How do we find hope in our fractured world?
On Giving Tuesday, every contribution counts, whether monetarily or otherwise. Check out these ways that you can participate in Giving Tuesday 2020 and beyond.
As the weather outside takes a downward dive, there are plenty of ways to lift spirits this holiday season. It’s time to spread warm wishes and cheer.
Planning to alter your thanksgiving plans? Here are some great ideas you can use to stay close with others and show gratitude.
For nonprofit organizations around the world, year-end giving is a major boost to help reach giving goals.
While we can’t control what happens in 2020, we can all take steps toward remaining positive even on the most challenging days.
How will you practice thankfulness this November? These small but thoughtful actions can help remind you that there’s a lot to be thankful for this year.
"The pandemic has created feelings of anxiety and fear for many. Additionally, it can be hard to cope when many of our normal outlets have been limited due to mitigation efforts of the virus. This article provides several helpful resources for dealing with grief, self-care, and worship during periods of isolation."
On this holiday that usually centers around the scary, consider using it as a force for good.
There are plenty of ways to cheer up somebody you love, many of them only involving your time.
It’s never too early to start teaching your children about the impact they can have in the world by spreading kindness.
Whether it be adopting an animal or helping in various other ways, we hope you’ll take part in Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.
Before you totally ‘write off’ the idea, consider the benefits that come along with journaling a little every day. Check out these five ways that getting your thoughts down on paper (or on your laptop) can help cultivate a more philanthropic focus.
With changing seasons comes more than just pumpkin-spice-flavored everything and crunchy fall leaves. The new season also brings forward new opportunities to do good out in the world.
What are you waiting for? The benefits of mentoring will not only give back to your mentee, but also to your community, and even to you.
While it’s easy to get wrapped up in checking in on others, it’s important for your mental health to practice self-care.
Who knew that making a difference in the world could be as easy as wi-fi and your own couch? Leave it to the world of do-gooders to find ways to volunteer, even in the midst of a global pandemic!
When it comes to giving back, there are many ways for you to help out your local nonprofits without having to leave your home.
Motivational quotes inspire us to do more, be more and become more of who we are. Each and every one of us can make an impact or difference in this world and leave it better than when we came.
This back-to-school season, do more than simply prepare for a new school year—help those in need.
In 2020, you might be wondering if being happy is something you could admit to—but even during challenging times, there are ways to boost your mood and try to celebrate the good things in life.
When it comes to living an altruistic life that can help make a difference for others, one of the most valuable things you can give your community is the gift of volunteering.
On average, a new habit takes approximately 30 days to develop, so don’t get discouraged if you struggle at first. Remain positive and focused on the goal.
Step out of your comfort zone, ask questions, get to know someone different than you. You might be surprised by how much this can enrich your life.