How to Give Back Even When You Have No Free Time
You’d love to help with a cause you care about. Unfortunately, it’s hard to imagine finding time to volunteer when you’re already spending your days shuffling your kids from school to soccer practice to cello lessons to coding class. And that’s not even taking into account the responsibilities of managing your house and the rest of your family, and, you know, holding down a job. But giving back does more than helping others: One study that tracked almost 2,000 older adults found that those who volunteered had lower rates of mortality than those who didn’t. And research has linked volunteering with having a positive effect on volunteers’ mental health and satisfaction with their lives. The best part? You don’t have to block off huge chunks of your time for volunteering. You can give back in easy, meaningful ways that won’t burden your already overbooked schedule.