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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.
When mindful meditation becomes part of your daily routine, you’ll notice its benefits become a regular part of your life.
There’s no doubt about it: the early bird does get the worm, and if you strive to live a more altruistic lifestyle, your morning routine should play an important role.
If you want to live a more altruistic lifestyle, start by reprogramming your brain to think more positively. Try out these six tips to focus your thoughts and train your brain to be more positive.
Whether you’re in the business world or the nonprofit realm, communication is a critical component of moving things forward and accomplishing your goals.
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.
Dr. Camara Jones shares four allegories on “race” and racism. She hopes that these "telling stories" empower you to do something different, and that you will remember them and pass them on.
Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism).
How can we celebrate this day while respecting and supporting different experiences? Today we’re going to talk about how to give Dad the gift of altruism this Father’s Day.
If you’re looking for a way to get in shape and get involved in the community, we’ve got you covered. Here are five reasons to run for a charity this summer.
It is a strange aspect of parenting during the coronavirus pandemic that you can spend so (soooo) many hours with your kids during the week, and they can still be hungry for more of your time and attention.
But many parents are dealing with clingy kids right now and wondering how they’ll keep it together when things reopen — whenever and however that happens in their area. Here’s the 411 on kids and clinginess, and how to cope.
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Like any other muscle, a brain needs to be exercised, stretched and challenged to stay strong. Check out these cool tricks you can practice to exercise your brain and build mental muscle.
Here is an update on when the Evanston Center for Spiritual Wholeness & Healing will be re-opening.
Affecting an estimated 40 million adults, anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the United States. While anxiety is highly treatable, only 39.6 percent of people who suffer from the disorder seek treatment. Even before the COVI19 pandemic, millions of people were struggling with anxiety, and we can only imagine how those people, and others, are faring.
On Thursday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m. ET, join Jennifer R. Farmer for a live recording of the United Methodist Women #FaithTalks podcast. In this session, we’ll not only discuss the disorder and hear from experts who’ll have resources to help. With the COVID-19 putting so many of us on edge, this session will be a help to anyone suffering from anxiety or seeking to help family members, friends of lay leaders who are suffering from the disorder. I’ll interview Hannah Kardon, whose Illinois congregation authored the United Methodist Women study on anxiety, psychologist Dr. Trudy Corry Rankin, who authored a United Methodist Women resource on anxiety and mental health in children and youth, and Kris Dam, who leads Shessler Hall, a National Mission Institute that serves women experiencing mental health and substance abuse challenges.
Caring for animals is an important part of living an altruistic lifestyle. Today we explore how you can live more altruistically with the animals in your day-to-day life.
Have you ever struggled with feeling lonely – even when you’re surrounded by people you love? I have. It’s painful and confusing. In this episode, I talk to Dr. Vivek Murthy, a physician and the 19th Surgeon General of the United States, about loneliness and the physical and emotional toll that social disconnection takes on us. We talk about his new book, TOGETHER, and what it takes for each of us to tilt the world toward love and connection.
If you try to live altruistically, then combating your own loneliness can play a vital role in how you serve others. Here’s how to fight loneliness while still regarding social distancing.
"We’re trying to adapt to an entirely new worldview while working, learning, teaching, partnering, parenting, and more, on top of each other, in the midst of a global crisis. We’re not tired; we’re burned out. We’re not “waiting for things to return to normal,” we’re obsessing about what “normal” will even be after this. And for that matter, when is “after” going to come?" This article examines our emotional landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When things are busy, wellness often takes a backseat to our presumed priorities. Check out a few ways to bring your personal health back to the forefront of your life.
Volunteering and serving doesn’t have to be challenging when you use your talents to support others. Identify your talents, ask for support and find an organization where you can use your strengths to give back.
None of us were prepared for a worldwide pandemic.
Our lives are different in many ways. Our workplace, whether inside or outside the home, has changed. The uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus and subsequent loss of life may have invited you to pause, reflect, and look life in the eye. In doing so, perhaps you understand better who and what are important to you.
The answers in this reflection will probably reveal much to you regarding your heart and meaning in life, and those two things can certainly shine light on your principles for work and personal relationships. It would be interesting to reflect further on how your past experiences, especially related to your response to stress, helped form who you are. We are shaped by those experiences. You are encouraged to write about your reflections. Putting our words on paper helps to give them meaning.
If you want to get involved this International Pay It Forward Day, check out these quarantine-friendly ways to pay it forward.
These books inspire the altruistic lifestyle and show anyone can make an impact on the world. Let’s explore each of them more in depth.
Anticipatory grief is that feeling we get about what the future holds when we’re uncertain. With a virus, this kind of grief is so confusing for people. Our primitive mind knows something bad is happening, but you can’t see it. This breaks our sense of safety. We’re feeling that loss of safety. I don’t think we’ve collectively lost our sense of general safety like this. Individually or as smaller groups, people have felt this. But all together, this is new. We are grieving on a micro and a macro level.
Poetry is a cultural art form that combines both the beauty of literature and an artistic sense of musicality. Here are a few ways to get involved this National Poetry Month.
Meditation is powerful. If you’re still unsure whether or not the practice is worth trying, check out these top benefits of meditation and consider how they can help improve your life.
When bad things happen, how do we act individually, and how can we come together as a society? How can we be kind in times of darkness?
Mental Health Colorado's response to COVID-19 includes helpful tips on maintaining mental health in the face of isolation, financial hardship, and illness.
Whether it’s a few hours or a long commitment, volunteering not only supports those around you but positively influences you as well.
University Park United Methodist Church and Evanston Center's response to coronavirus/COVID-19.
Weekly letter from Andy Dunning, Pastor of University Park United Methodist Church.
Our Dirt Work Lenten series continues this week with a focus on deep listening.