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5 Tips For Forming Friendships Later In Life

While work is an important part of life, it’s the relationships that really make it all worthwhile. Most of us are lucky enough to have some long-lasting and meaningful friendships over the years, but as with most things, friendships can fade with time. Making new friends is always a good course for a happy and healthy life, but forming those kinds of relationships can be difficult as you get older. But if you’re looking to build new friendships and introduce some new meaningful relationships in your life, here are some tips to follow.

Get out of the house.

You can get pretty comfortable in your own house, but it’s not very likely that you’re going to meet anyone there you don’t already know. In order to make new friends you’ll need to step outside your comfort zone. Get out in public, join groups, be a part of the community and then you start meeting new people. It can be a little scary putting yourself out there like that but in order to meet new people and form new friendships, you’ll have to really embrace your social side.

Add your own interests to it.

While you need to be able to step outside your comfort zone in order to make new relationships, you don’t need to base these new relationships on things you have no interest in. Instead of trying to make a new friendship fit into your own interests, build friendships by using your own passions and hobbies as the groundwork. If you’re a book-lover, meet people at a book club. If you’re a sports fan, meet people at a pick-up game of basketball. It’s a great way to meet people and established your friendship based on a common interest.

Don’t put up boundaries.

One of the best ways to ensure you DO NOT make friends, is by going out with blinders on. This is to say, if you’re looking to form new relationships, don’t begin by putting up barriers and thinking there are some people you can’t be friends with. There’s no guidelines for who you can be friends with, so don’t let something like being of two different generation dissuade you from forming a relationship with someone you connect with. The beautiful thing about making friendships later in life is that you are mature enough and have all these experiences that you can relate to a great many people.

Don’t push things too fast.

Legitimate friendships don’t come about just because you’re looking for new friends, they occur naturally. It can be difficult to let a friendship form by itself but trying to force a relationship when it won’t happen naturally only makes for an awkward experience. Meet people, get to know them and let time develop the friendship.

Commit.

As with anything that takes time to develop, you have to be willing to commit to building a friendship. These things don’t happen by themselves and once a friendship does develop, it still needs to be maintained. If you make a connection with someone and want to form that relationship, you need to be willing to reach out and help to strengthen the friendship as it grows.

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What Does Nostalgia Mean For You?

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss

What does nostalgia mean to you?

Despite our age, we all have those wonderful triggers to our memory that transport us back in time. Maybe to our high school days, our early childhood, or just a specific and cherished memory from our past.

What brings on those feelings and causes us to look back fondly can change for each individual. It can be something as significant as revisiting a special place from our youth. Sometimes it can be as simple as an old commercial from when we were young.

We’re developing a feature for The Hub about this generation’s nostalgia. Boomers have lived through some of the most dramatic and world-changing events in modern history. They have seen the world we live in change in ways that they could never have predicted. Their childhoods are completely different from those of today’s youths. So what is it like when they look back on those days of old. What do they miss? Do they admire how far we’ve come?

We’d like to hear from you about what makes you nostalgic. What are those things sure to bring back a flood of memories for you and what do those memories mean to you?

Email colin@boomersplus.com and share your stories of nostalgia.

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Why Is Work-Life Balance So Important

As we previously discussed, work-life balance is becoming such a central aspect in the workplace that many employees are more concerned with it than with their salary. But despite the obvious and significant value some are putting on it, work-life balance is still a controversial subject. As we looked at in last week’s article on the subject, the definition of work-life balance is difficult to nail down which has led to a lot of confusion and push-back on the issue.

Some suggest too much value is being placed on work-life balance, while some even argue the whole concept is damaging to the professional world. However, while the level of importance might vary depending on the person, the fact is that finding that balance is very important and one that all employees and employers should consider going forward, for their own sake.

For you

The importance of work-life balance for employees might seem very apparent, but many might not consider its necessity beyond the perceived ‘selfish’ reasons. When we speak of that balance, the assumption is that it means, stop spending so much time at work and focus more on the fun. Travel, go out, take more time off – this is where the negativity towards work comes from. Of course, that’s not the case. The balance that needs to be struck is not an equal measurement of time at work and time for fun, rather it’s finding a balance in which the work aspect and other aspects of your life can thrive together. Those aspects include health, family, and yes, fun. It doesn’t mean that four-day work weeks should be mandatory, but it means that if work is interfering with how the rest of your life operates, a balance must be struck.

Your mental health depends on the ability to escape work from time to time. Unwinding and putting your mind in another place is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. Becoming consumed by work means you lose that release of removing yourself from work. This causes many people to burnout, leading to their work actually suffering from them spending too much time on it. It’s been said many times before that working excessive hours has the opposite effect than desired in terms of productivity. You are unable to ‘live in the moment’ and while that might sound like more of the selfish approach to work, it’s not. Living in the moment also means being able to devote your full attention and energy to the work at hand. Being overly focused on work robs you of that ability and the work suffers.

For employers

As you can start to see, the importance of a work-life balance goes beyond meeting the indulgent needs of employees and actually concerns a company’s day-to-day operations. Some employers are resistant to employees’ desire for this balance because they perceive it as allowing their workers to slack-off more, or in the case of older employees, it let’s them work with one foot already in retirement. However, employers need to stop considering what they will be losing to lazy employees and start thinking what they’ll be gaining from happy employees. Studies have shown that when workers have that healthy balance between work and other aspects of their life they are naturally more content at work. Fewer grievances arise from these employees. For businesses who promote such a balance, they are rewarded with longer terms of employment from workers and less turnover.

The importance of work-life balance should be evident to all involved. This is not the self-serving scheme some people seem to think it is and is not only meant to benefit the employees. If companies can take a smart and dedicated approach to providing this balance, they are able to set the appropriate terms and ensure the organization is working in a way that benefits all.

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6 Reasons You Should Start Meditating In The Morning

Establishing a good morning routine is essential for starting your day off on the right note. We’ve talked about various things that can help you increase your energy and shake off the sleep in the morning, such as with exercise or a good breakfast. However, adding a new element to your morning routine can not only give you that boost you need in the early hours, but could benefit your everyday life in a number of ways. I’m talking about some morning meditation.

Now don’t just dismiss the idea outright. I know there’s a lot of people that are skeptical about this practice. Whether they see it as too boring, or just downright pointless, there are plenty who would scoff at the notion without every even trying it. But by taking a few minutes to tune everything else out and look inward, you could see some life-changing improvement. Still not convinced? Here’s what regular morning meditation can do for you.

Re-energize

As we mentioned, sometimes it’s hard to get things going in the morning. You feel tired, groggy and just can’t get your energy up. Despite the fact that meditation requires pretty much no physical activity, it can help to give you that energy boost you need. Sometimes all we need in the morning is a little time readjust to the new day. Clear out that sleep and get your mind ready to face the day’s challenges. It’s like hitting the snooze button but still being productive.

Keep pain away

Now stay with me here, because I’m well aware that meditation is not some miracle cure that can do away with all ailments and issues. However, studies have shown that people suffering from chronic pain can find relief through meditation. The exercise allows them to clear their mind of the pain that’s afflicting them and allow themselves to refocus on other things. The same has been known to be true of curing headaches and fighting off the common cold.

Put yourself in the right mood

It’s easy to be a little irritable or cranky in the morning, but that’s a miserable way to start the day. Not only is it immediately putting your day in a negative place, but it probably doesn’t help with your daily interactions with other people either. Starting your day with a calming ritual like meditation can help to dispel any of those negative feelings. You have a chance to relax and get your mind in a more rational and peaceful place before you go out. Then when the stresses of the day come (and we all know they will come) you’re in a better position to take them on.

Alleviate stress

Of course, if you do have some stressful thoughts that are racing through your mind as soon as you wake up, meditating can help with that as well. The exercise of mediation is relaxing by its nature. The quiet time you have to yourself, soothing music that helps create the environment, and the continuous inhaling and exhaling technique helps to bring your mind to a more peaceful place. Stress does not dissolve completely so easily, but it helps to keep it in check and prevents it from taking over your morning.

Improve your focus

When we wake up in the morning, it’s hard not to look to all the things you need to accomplish in the new day. Sometimes that to-do list can be quite daunting and you have a million things running through your head as you try to successfully start your day. Meditation helps to make your focus sharper so that you are able to block out all the other noise and zone in on the important things.

Find inspiration and problem-solve

You might be thinking now that meditation actually sounds pretty helpful but that you simply don’t have time for it before work. But this doesn’t need to be a long process in your morning routine and can actually help to prepare you for your work day. Meditation is a great brainstorming session as your mind clears out all other distractions and allows your to really think on some of the challenges of your day. Chances are if you’re seeking to solve a work problem, it’s going to get done during your morning mediation. Then you can go into work with answers and ready to hit the ground running.

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How To Beat The Post-Summer Blues

Hopefully you all had a lovely Labour Day weekend. It’s always nice to end the summer vacation months with a long weekend, perfect for one last family getaway or just an opportunity to kick back and relax. Of course, the problem is the Labour Day eventually ends, and in many people’s mind, we have to say goodbye for another year to summer. It’s a real shame and it can make the start to the work week harder than normal. There’s a distinct feeling of post-summer blues this time of year and, in the workplace, that can be a real killer for productivity. So don’t let the end of summer put you behind. Here are a few quick tips for beating those post-summer blues.

Don’t overdo it.

Some people look at the end of summer as the starting point of a new phase of the working year. Maybe they were taking more vacations time or having a slightly more relaxed schedule over summer and now it’s time to dive back in and get serious. This can also be viewed as a way of combatting the post-summer blues, as more work means less time to think about missing the beach. However, pushing yourself too hard this time of year can be more of a set back than anything. While you might have a productive week after coming back, you’re more likely to burnout faster if you don’t take a measured approach. There’s nothing wrong with easing yourself back into things and allowing yourself to get back into the swing of things.

Get back into a routine.

While you don’t need to overwhelm yourself with work right away, one important thing you should be doing right away if getting back into a routine. Summer can throw off your schedule quite a bit and if you stay in that unorganized state, you’ll find it hard to shake off the summer feel. Re-establish your daily routine and stick to it right from the beginning. You’ll be surprised how much you’ll have missed the structure and organization a routine can provide you in the day.

Make a to-do list.

Without sounding like I’m contradicting the first point, steady work does help you readjust to the old post-summer way of doing things. Again, this doesn’t mean you have to overdo it, but keeping your workday filled with things to do will help keep you from falling into a funk. When we need to look for the next task, it can really halt productivity, but if we have a to-do list to follow it keeps us occupied and productive throughout the day. These can be small tasks or just the overall approach to the day’s work. Whatever helps keep you focused.

Get into a healthy lifestyle.

Getting over summer is as much a physical challenge as it is a mental challenge, and sometimes that less-than-healthy summer lifestyle can really bring us down. While summer may be more a more active time than the rest of the year, for a lot of people, the routine abandons most of the regular healthy choices. We eat BBQ, we often drink more, we travel which leads to fast food. All these factors, plus a generally more laidback attitude, mean once summer is over, we need to get back to a healthy way of life. This can mean getting more exercise, eating right and keeping a healthier sleep schedule. This will help you feel better and kick off the negative effects of summer.

Set goals.

Motivation and productivity are always helped when you have something to aim for. When you return to a regular work schedule after the summer months, the feelings of depression can sometimes be linked to a feeling that you’re just heading back for some of the “same old”. So change that feeling by making your return to work feel like the start of something new. Create new goals for yourself. They don’t have to be too dramatic, but don’t make them superfluous either. Give yourself something that makes you excited about going to work and moving forward.

Find an after-work activity.

Of course, it’s not all about work. At the end of the day, you still want to have fun and feel like you’re enjoying yourself outside the office. Give yourself an after-work activity that brings your pleasure. It could be something active like joining an amateur sports league, or it could be something much simpler like going to the movies or reading a good book. This will help give you more to look forward to in your day as well as fill your day with a bit more pleasure.

Look forward to something new.

While summer is always fun, there’s plenty of other things to look forward to throughout the year. Fall is beautiful, Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to spend time with family while eating great food, Christmas isn’t too far behind that. It might sound silly but if you always have something in front of you to be excited about then you’re always looking forward.

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5 Ways To Improve Your Listening Skills

We’ve spoken many times on this site about how important good communication is to the success of a business, but beyond that, a good communicator is given an overall advantage in life. And every time we speak of the importance of good communication, we must acknowledge a big part of that is being a good listener. Truly, communication is a two-way street and those who are not listening to the others in the conversation are only getting half the experience. being a good listener is as important for your personal relationships as it is in the workplace. So if you feel your listening skills could use a little work, here are some tips to follow.

Remain in the moment.

One of the biggest reasons some people have trouble with their listening skills in a conversation is because they focus on the wrong side of the conversation. Instead of pay attention to what the other person is saying, they are more preoccupied with what they want to say next. They pick up on one small point the other person makes and begin to think about their next point. Obviously, if you aren’t actually actively listening to the other person, that’s a problem. Don’t view a conversation as a sort of competition where you have to formulate your thoughts ahead of time. Allow it to happen organically, considering everything the other person has to say before replying. It makes for a much more informed response for certain.

Don’t always try to “solve” things.

Another wrong approach to a conversation is looking at it as problem solving. Maybe there is an issue that needs to be addressed, but you need to know the difference between someone asking for your help and someone wanting to talk. When people just want to discuss the issue at hand openly, they don’t need you constantly interrupting with solutions and fixes. They want to be heard. All you have to do is listen in a respectful and attentive way. Allow them to say what’s on their mind before you start trying to look for solutions. In some cases, just being a good listener can be all the help a person needs.

Take their perspective into account.

Being a good listener does not mean you have to always agree with the person you are talking to, but it does mean you have to try to agree with them. Unless a person is saying something ignorant, harmful or disrespectful, you should never start a conversation by disagreeing with them. Be openminded and try to look at things from their perspective. Where might they be right? Where might you be wrong? Considering these things does not mean you’re abandoning your own points of view, it just means your willing to accept other people’s opinions.

Be attentive, but relaxed.

When you are aware that your listening skills are not as strong as they could be, most of us try to be more attentive in conversations. That’s a good approach to take, but you must remember that a conversation is not meant to be work. People can become to preoccupied with being attentive and reacting to what a person is saying that they don’t actually listen and think about what someone is saying. Though the intention might be right, it can actually be uncomfortable for the other person because it’s like they are talking at you rather than engaging in a conversation. Try to relax and just let the conversation happen. It’s not something you have to overthink.

Ask questions.

The best way to engage with someone is by asking them questions. Questions allow conversations to grow and move forward rather than remain stagnant. Listening to what the other person is saying no doubt will bring more than a few questions to mind. You can use questions to clarify points they’ve made or to dig deeper into aspects of the topic. Of course, you don’t want to turn the conversation into an interview, which is why you need to share your own thoughts as well. This kind of active listening shows that you are engaged and adding to what is being said.

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Glen Campbell’s Brave Exit From The Stage

On August 8th, legendary country music star Glen Campbell passed away after a long fight with Alzheimer’s disease. For many boomers, Campbell was the epitome of the country music superstar, taking the genre to incredible heights in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Among his many Top 40 hits were “Rhinestone Cowboy”, “Galveston” and “Gentle On My Mind”. He is a five-time winner of musician of the year, he has eight Grammy awards to his name and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award in 2012. But it isn’t just his music legacy that should be remembered. In his final years, Campbell bravely gave the world a frank, real and uplifting look at what a life with Alzheimer’s is like.

Campbell learned of his illness shortly after completing what would be his final studio album. He was planning on going on tour when he was given the diagnosis. As a result, he album tour turned into his farewell tour. Similar to Gord Downie’s recent farewell tour following a terminal diagnosis, Campbell decided he was going to enjoy his passion and share it with other for as long as he possibly could. Alzheimer’s is a terrifying disease for many, but it’s hard to imagine the fear a musician must feel when met with a disease that robs them of their ability remember their own lyrics or even communicate words coherently. Campbell set aside such and took the stage. What’s more, he opened up his struggle with the disease for others to see.

While on his farewell tour, Campbell had a documentary crew follow along to chronicle his final bow from the stage and ultimately his mental decline from the disease. The film, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, is harrowing at times, never shying away from the devastating moments of Campbell trying to remember who loved ones are, but it is also an uplifting and informative exploration of life with Alzheimer’s. Campbell never loses his dignity, his good spirits or his passion throughout the struggle, never letting it be the forefront of his life. He surrounds himself his loved ones (several of his children are in his back-up band) and never wastes a minute lamenting his current state. It is also an eye-opening account of caregiving to someone suffering through Alzheimer’s with his family being a constant presence by his side through it all.

Alzheimer’s is a disease we still know very little about and can be devastating to anyone who is affected by it, but through his bravery Glen Campbell allowed us all to see that even with such an affliction, you can still find ways to just be you.

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Finding Purpose Outside Of Work

Purpose is a hard thing to define. It’s one of those intangible qualities that everyone takes for granted that they have achieved until the day they realise it has alluded them. The best way you can hope to put some definition of the concept is that purpose is that feeling when you wake up in the morning and right away you know what you need to do and why you need to do it. It’s something that pushes you forward and gives you something to strive for – an outcome to reach. Most look for in their career, and the lucky ones who find it get a sense of fulfillment from their work beyond the salary and success.

However, there are many out there who struggle to find their purpose and there are many reasons for that. For instance, finding purpose takes a certain level of self-awareness. To be able to step back and examine your life, the important things in it and your passions is not as easy as it sounds. The day-to-day responsibilities often blind you to such simple details. That’s why people generally seek out their purpose later in life. When they’ve achieved a certain level in their career and become financially comfortable, they start to consider whether those things have really given them purpose. However, this is also a time when professionals look to establish a work-life balance, spending less time focused on their careers. So how do you find purpose when work is no longer your main focus?

The first thing you have to do when seeking your purpose is remove ego from the equation. I said above that realising your purpose takes self-awareness, but it can be hindered by being self-centered. This might seem like a bit of a contradiction as seeking your own purpose seems like an inherently self-centered endeavor. However, when your ego is introduced into the equation, it becomes less about finding your purpose and more about what a purposeful life would look like to others. Humans can’t help but compare ourselves to others and what have achieved. A true purpose has to remove all those considerations and focus on what it brings to your life alone.

One approach you should take to realise your purpose is by searching for your passion but without any expectations. A lot of us have those passions in life that, if money and other responsibilities were no longer a factor, we would devote out lives to. When work starts to become less important, some people take the opportunity to pursue those passions, and some think this is where they can fid their passion. But this is where self-awareness becomes important. You have to consider the expectations you have for this pursuit. What are you really hoping to get out of this, what outcome are you seeking, and does it seem like something that will ultimately give you purpose?

Success isn’t something you should be considering when seeking purpose. That’s why finding a purpose outside of work is achievable. When you remove the typical career motivations, financial benefits and other distractions, you can get to the heart of what matters to you and begin seeking something bigger than yourself. It’s still not an easy thing to achieve but approaching it in the right way, sets you on a path to finding what you are looking for. Good luck!

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How To Fall In Love With Jogging

We would all like to be in love with exercise. Wouldn’t that be nice, if we truly enjoyed going to the gym and if regular workouts were a genuine pleasure? It would make staying in shape much easier. Unfortunately, for many of us, exercise is a struggle. It’s hard, it takes a lot out of us, and it is far too easy to be persuaded against going for that daily jog. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t teach yourself to fall in love with jogging. There are many people who speak of the therapeutic, relaxing and purely enjoyable feelings they get from jogging. It’s something you too can learn to love if you approach it the right way. Here are a few tips for making jogging a welcome part of your day.

Make it a routine.

The first step is to integrate jogging into your day, and this will likely be one of the hardest steps you’ll undertake. You’re not going to develop a deep love of exercise after going out for one jog. You’ll have to keep it up regularly in order to gain a better appreciation for it. The best way to do this is by making it part of your daily routine. Make it so it’s just something you have to do each day, whether you like it or not. It can be a chore but it is the platform you’ll need to establish in order to go forward.

Start in the morning.

Picking the right time of day is essential. The more you go on in your day without getting out for a jog, the more likely it is that you’ll psych yourself out. Work will interfere, the weather will chance and the excuses will begin to grow to a point where you can say you’ll push it to tomorrow. By starting in the morning, you’re forcing yourself to get it done before you can back out. It will also help to give you that morning boost of energy that can help you get through the rest of the day. Over time, it will feel like a cup of coffee – you can’t start your morning without it.

Don’t push it.

Exercise is supposed to be psychically trying, but if you’re starting out with your jogging habit it’s a good idea to take it easy to begin with. Some people regard exercise in terms of if they are going to do it, they might as well push themselves. That’s a good attitude, but often time they’ll push themselves too hard and make them sour to the idea of making this a routine. Good exercise if all about building on what came before. When you’re starting out, start slow. Allow yourself to get a good workout without pushing too hard. As you continue, you can push yourself more and more, allowing your abilities to grow gradually.

Find the right path.

Jogging isn’t just a chance to get some exercise, it’s a chance to get outside in the fresh air and escape work for a little while. This aspect of jogging alone can make it all worth it and being able to enjoy nature each day, even for just a short while, can be enticing enough. That’s why choosing the right jogging path is so important. Find somewhere you’ll enjoy visiting for that short escape everyday. A nice quiet trail, a local park, or maybe even the city boardwalk depending on where you live. The right spot can feel like a special getaway you can go to every time you head out for a jog.

Find the right audio accompaniment.

Of course, even with the most beautiful trail imaginable, there are still some who will get bored from just running. A little audio motivation can certainly make the whole thing a lot more fun and make it go by a lot faster. Finding the right piece of audio for your job not only serves as a distraction, but also helps you match up something you like with your jogs. Some people get a lot of motivation our of the right music playlist, others get swept up in a good audiobook, and now there’s plenty of podcasts that can help you pass the time. If you like listening enough, you might actually start looking forward to going for a jog.

Don’t go at it solo.

Everything is better when you have someone to share it with – this applies to the sometimes-unpleasant things, like jogging. Getting a jogging buddy has a few benefits. Firstly, having someone else committed to your routine becomes another source of motivation. It’s much easier to let yourself down by ignoring your exercising than it is letting down someone else. Secondly, when you have a friend to go jogging with, it makes it a lot more fun. No, it doesn’t make it easy but having someone to talk to, struggle with and share the experience with makes it all seem a little more tolerable.

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5 Ways Of Becoming More Charitable

Studies has shown that as boomers grow older, they begin to develop a stronger need and desire to give back. Really, this makes a lot of sense. Boomers reach an age where they are retiring or working less, they are financially comfortable and want to be able to help others who might be less fortunate. Saying you want to be a more charitable person doesn’t suggest you weren’t charitable previously, but sometimes you reach that time in your life when you decide helping people is more important than other things in life. So if you would like to start giving back, here are some ways you can start today.

Develop a routine of giving.

Like anything you want to make a more permanent aspect of your life, making it a routine occurrence is the best approach. The same rule applies to your charitable habits. Despite best intentions, giving back regularly can be something that doesn’t occur to you often, therefore, making it a routine helps to ensure it happens on a regular basis. Make a donation every time you get your paycheck, or at the beginning of every month. Little habits like that can become second nature over time.

Make it personal.

There are many charities out there that feature many worthwhile causes and represent a lot of people in serious need. Sadly, there aren’t too many of us who can afford to give back to a large portion of these organizations and causes. The most effective and helpful thing you can do is to find a few charities that you will give to regularly. One way to help you become invested and ensure you keep up your giving is by seeking out causes that you feel strongly about. Do research into the causes that you care deeply about for whatever reasons and find a reputable charity that caters to that cause. This will make you more invested and more eager to help out.

Make sacrifices.

Nothing good can come without at least a bit of sacrifice – the same goes with giving back. This is not to suggest that you should give so much that you put yourself in financial stress (always only give within your means), but you can deprive yourself of some of your regular indulgences in order to give more back to charities. This can mean instead of going out to dinner one week you use the money to buy food for people who are in need. These small sacrifices don’t add up to much for you but they can make a big difference for others.

Give more than money.

Of course, giving back goes far beyond giving money. Perhaps you aren’t in a position where you can afford to give regularly to charities, but that doesn’t mean you have nothing to offer. Volunteering your time is just as important to organizations, and in the case of smaller charities, maybe even more helpful. They can always use another set of hands to get the never-ending work done. Even if you’re able to give money to your chosen charities, volunteering every so often is a great idea to give a little more and become more involved with the charities you support.

Tell others.

Beyond your own involvement with various charities, there is always a need for more people to hep out. Part of how you can continue to give back in larger, more significant ways is by spreading the word about the great charities you are involved with, or about the serious causes that need help from others. Some people feel awkward about this sort of thing, feeling as though they are pressuring or pestering others into giving back, but if you take the right approach there’s no reason to feel bad about it. Talk to family, friends, colleagues, or just volunteer at event to raise awareness. The more help there is coming in, the more difference can be made.