Make a Difference
As much as the holidays are a time or relaxation, celebration and a scattered hurrying to fight busy crowds to buy presents and get deals for family and friends. It’s also a time that reminds us to look at the majority of people on this planet that don’t have the privilege to do that. Almost three years ago I edited a book called A Mindful Dialogue with interviews from leaders like Jack Kornfield, Daniel Siegel, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg and so many more. Editing and contributing to the book ended up being a gift to myself because of the enormous sense of purpose I felt when over $3,000 was raised as 100% of the proceeds went to Save the Children.
Allow this time of year to be a reminder to practice contributing to the world. You only realize what a gift giving is when you make it a regular practice. It’s the sense that what we do matters on this planet.
It’s the ultimate anti-anxiety and anti-depressant. The core of those experiences is feeling disconnected and this automatically makes you feel connected and that life is meaningful.
That sense of purpose is more powerful than anything we could imagine when it comes to our mental health.
Think about it right now. In what ways do you and can you contribute. Even a small act or donation can go a long way. Don’t let today pass away without thinking about this and making a plan.
It’s for your mental health and the betterment of the world. You really do make a difference.
If you want to get a gift you can get A Mindful Dialogue: A Path Toward Working with Stress, Pain and Difficult Emotions as an Ebook and Save the Children.
Allow this to be a great experiment to bring into the rest of the year.
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.