“Medical studies show that participation in community service increases people’s sense of well-being and even their health; their immune system are actually strengthened by volunteer service. Community service is a tremendous opportunity for personal renewal and it enhances the community.” ~ The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Guide to Positive Change by Diana Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom, Second Edition, page 147.
When I think about this quote, I think about all of the needs that communities, cities, states, regions and countries have. In other words, I think about all the community service that is waiting to be done. And, I see it connect. I see that you and I can heighten our service to our communities and benefit in very tangible ways ourselves.
So, it sounds like a ‘win–win’ to me. What does sound like to you? Does it make sense that helping others can be good for you? Have you ever been involved in a meaningful community project that left you both feeling fulfilled and healthy?
What can you do with your reactions to the concept that community service increases people’s sense of well-being, their health and immune system? Are there actions you can deploy for the good of your communities and for others in the near future that will provide meaningful service?
Here is a question posed by the authors, Whitney and Trosten-Bloom (cited above) from the same source: “Dream into the future: your organization and your community have a wonderful mutual partnership. What does this look like? What three things might have been done to create this partnership?”
And here is a ‘dream’ question from me: Dream into the future and see yourself, your family, school and/or work place deeply connected to and committed to effectively servicing several community needs. The outcomes are positive. You, your family, school and/or work place are making a difference! What does it feel like to be part of these positive outcomes?
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