H-Factor Where Is Your Heart


WHAT IS YOUR HAPPINESS? HAPPINESS AND VOLUNTEERISM BY LISA CYPERS KAMEN

By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happiness

When we volunteer our time to do something for others, such as helping out an elderly neighbor or taking part in a local community project, it can be good news for our health, our children’s education and even reduce the local crime rate too.

People who live in areas that record high levels of informal voluntary activity in their neighborhood, also enjoy better health, students perform better and their communities suffer fewer burglaries. There is an interesting link between helping others and enjoying a good quality of life. It seems that when we focus on the needs of others, we may also reap benefits ourselves. It means that voluntary activity in the community is associated with better health, lower crime, improved educational performance and greater life satisfaction. Communities with lots of public and community engagement are also communities that have environments that foster promising outcomes such as these.

Volunteering has a positive influence, irrespective of a community’s social class or wealth. A relatively poor community with lots of voluntary activity can do better in relation to health, crime and education than a relatively affluent community which lacks such activity. There is a strong link between communities with lots of volunteering and those where people are very satisfied with their lives.

Volunteering is a growing activity. Volunteering clearly has benefits for citizens, families and communities. Volunteerism also helps create a commodity more powerful than money called Social Capital.

Independent filmmaker, author, happiness coach and speaker Lisa Cypers Kamen creates these blogs to entertain, enlighten and educate us as we each undertake our own personal search for happiness and shares them with http://www.motherhoodincorporated.  Happiness is an Inside Job. To contact Lisa, email her directly at lisa@whatisyourhappiness.com and check out her websites at www.whatisyourhappiness.com , www.harvestinghappiness.com  , and www.hh4heroes.org   and listen to her on  http://harvestinghappinesstalkradio.wordpress.com or download her show at www.itunes.com.

Harvesting Happiness with Lisa Cypers Kamen brings to the airwaves a fresh talk radio approach promoting happiness, well-being and global human flourishing by presenting a diverse and proactive collection of the greatest thinkers and doers who have devoted their lives to creating a better world in which to live.

Weekly on www.toginet.com Wednesday’s at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST

Harvesting Happiness for Heroes is a pending 501(c)(3), non-profit corporation. Our mission objective is to offer support services to Warriors and Warrior families challenged by Combat Trauma and post-deployment reintegration issues.  We offer Battle Buddy workshops, family awareness training, online community support, one-on-one coaching services, as well as retreats for Warriors to decompress from battle and understand the tools available for them to adapt their military skills to civilian society.

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