Self-Care May Be Community-Care
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Lifestyles in the modern day have become engrained with an intrinsic attitude of health and well being. While we each focus on our individual happiness through our health and satisfaction, recent data indicate that one primary element of fulfillment might come from a surprising source.
Community care can be the best form of self care. Helping others is helping youself.
Framing wellness in terms other than "what's best for me" means increasing awareness, and is actually a great pathway to happiness. Examples of such altruism can be maintaining a communal space, taking time to educate others, or even focusing in on the needs of someone who might need assistance--and offering it.
Part of this process means taking stock of who we are and our habits. In an era of dollar menus, powerful pursuasion of ubiquitous advertisment, and home delivery of any product you can imagine, it is paramount that we look inward. Extending our resources to others (not necessarily physical or monetary) can lend perspective to our personal identity and help us understand what makes us tick.
The ways to engage in community care are endless, as the world of goodness is expansive and varied. Recommended practices, which are low-expenditure, include being proactive about offering kindness, volunteering time, and saying "thank you." There is even evidence to suggest that giving to charity make you healthier and happier.
We believe that another worthy class of kindness involves doing good deeds when no one is looking. Whether you water a neighbor's plant or pick up a piece of litter on your morning jog, some of the most salient fulfillment comes from excercising honesty and humility.
So be the best you, and next time you think yourself through your health, try stepping out of your routine, and into someone else's.
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”
― H. Jackson Brown Jr.