What can you do?
Sitting at home and feeling sorry for yourself doesn’t work at all.
“Simply put, helping others helps the helper,” Post writes in his book, The Hidden Gifts of Helping: How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times. “Research in the field of health psychology, as well as all the great spiritual traditions, tells us that one of the best ways to get rid of anger and grief is to actively help others.
“Science supports this assertion: Giving help to others measurably reduces the giver’s stress; improves health and well-being in surprising and powerful ways; renews our optimism about what is possible; helps us connect to family, friends and lots of amazing people; allows the deep, profound joy of our humanity to flow through us and out into the world; and improves our sense of self-worth.
“These are valuable gifts anytime and particularly in hard times. If there is one great secret to life, this is it.”
So, consider these possibilities: