Paying it Forward

Practicing random acts of kindness and “paying it forward” have huge benefits for the soul.They probably help the “helper” more than the “helpee” by improving mood, state of mind, and overall life satisfaction.

Here are a few ways you can increase the level of joy in your life by paying it forward.Some are small, some are big- but all will provide lasting benefits to society, and individual, and yourself.

  • Organize a carpool to save gas and help the environment
  • Start a recycling program at work or school
  • Donate a few dollars to a charity of your choice
  • Volunteer for Meals on Wheels– or just prepare a meal yourself and drop it off to someone in need
  • Start a compost pile for your food waste, and invite your neighbors to “help themselves”
  • Organize a school clean up day
  • Host a foreign exchange student
  • Become a foster parent
  • Foster a rescue dog
  • Start a neighborhood watch program
  • Turn on some music, and invite a loved one to dance
  • Post a gratitude blog
  • Volunteer to help a charity apply for grant money
  • Volunteer for a cause
  • Donate your hair to an organize that provides wigs to cancer patients
  • Instead of birthday presents, ask for donations to your favorite charity
  • Shop local
  • Sponsor a potluck lunch or dinner at work
  • Organize a neighborhood block party
  • Volunteer to be the designated driver
  • Mentor a less-experienced coworker
  • See someone who’s had too much to drink? Volunteer to pay for their taxi home
  • Send flowers to someone when its not a special occasion…just because
  • Ask an older relative about their life experiences, and document them for other family members
  • Organize a family reunion
  • Chat with random strangers on the bus
  • Smile at at least one stranger a day
  • Pay for the order of the person behind you in the drive through
  • Let someone with fewer items than you go ahead of you in the checkout line
  • Volunteer a few pennies tosomeone who doesn’t have change, to avoid them having to break a larger bill

How to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

No matter how you were raised or where you were born, you may have a craving for wide open spaces. For a lot of us, this desire can be met with a walkthrough the wilds. Simply ensure you are completely ready for your excursion!

First, get a high quality backpack that is comfortable.Then, assemble the following essentials:

Trail Map/Guide – Be sure you are in possession of a valid guide to the region, with details of hiking trails — whether it is a comprehensive atlas or a printed pamphlet.

Compass – As you can not always use the sun as a guide to your position, you need a compass to accurately gauge your location.A compass works even if it’s cloudy.

Cell phone – Outdoor exercise should provide you with a rest from tech devices; however, having a mobile for emergencies could be a lifesaver. You can’t rely on having a signal so that you can use its GPS functionality– (This could also waste your battery) — but make sure you have one for scenarios that are serious.

Water – When performing any type of exercise, you needs lots of hydration.Bring a refillable bottle that filters water automatically, or take chemical pills to purify water. You might need a water pouch, worn on your back – like a Camelback – if you’re going out for a long trip and sources of water are uncertain.

– Make sure to have a total day’s worth of calories on hand, even if you’re only planning on being out for a few hours.

Consider bringing fruit, power bars, granola, trail mix, beef or turkey jerky, whole grain bread or rolls, and peanut-butter.

First-aid kit – Bring a small container with bandaids, fine tip tweezers, alcohol or betadine wipes, cotton gauze pads, a small pair scissors, and adhesive medical tape.

Additional clothing – Besides the garments you’re wearing, bring extra clean drysocks, a pair of gloves, as well as a hooded rain jacket.Be sure you are wearing quality hiking boots, lightweight long pants, and a lightweight long sleeved shirt.

Whistle – Being able to summon help is essential if you are injured or when you are lost.

Fire starting gear – Pack something to use to start a fire in an emergency- this could include water proof matches, flint, or fire sticks.

Multi-use tool– Make sure that among the tools included are a knife,locking blade, wood saw, reamer, scissors, and pliers.

Torch – Even in the event that you plan to return before dark, have a little LED torch with fresh batteries — in your back pack.

Insect repellent – There are all types of bugs in the outdoors. Whether the area is infested with mosquitoes, ticks, or other insects, you’ll want to have a high quality repellent with you to keep them away.

By carefully checking for all these pieces of gear before you head off for your day ofexercise, you’ll be ready for anything!.