Although the holiday season can be filled with joy, that is not always the case. According to an article on Psychology Today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that people experience the most depression this time of year. In fact, 45 percent of Americans dread the holiday season.
Being separated from loved ones during the holidays can be trying, but being alone doesn’t mean you have to be lonely. Reaching out to help others may be just what you need to beat the holiday blues.
Volunteer opportunities are abundant this time of year.
It’s amazing how a selfless act of volunteering holds so many rewards. Serving others helps you achieve a sense of control. Gain positive attention, feel gratitude for what you have, and it boosts our self-esteem.
Those who join their community and volunteer, rather than isolate themselves during the holiday season, receive a priceless benefit: a change in outlook and a chance to offer something positive to others.
In the spirit of Service, Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.