Community Gardens as Places for Connection, Sustainability, and Resiliency

Community gardens offer a wide array of benefits: beautifying the landscape, fighting food insecurity, helping people come together, and more.   One evening last summer I walked to a neighbor’s house to deliver a bag of beautifully ripe pears, which another neighbor had picked from her tree the day before. I had just finished dinner,[…]

How to Give to Others without Burning Out

Research suggests that self-care can reduce stress and exhaustion—if we know how to practice it.   In our over-stressed world, many health care providers, social workers, and caregivers are suffering from slow yet painful burnout. Many of the rest of us, working long hours and raising families, seem to be approaching burnout, too. Sometimes we[…]

Volunteering Linked to Better Health

Three-quarters of volunteers say volunteering has made them feel physically healthier and lowered their levels of stress, according to a study released by United Health Group and the Optum Institute.   The study also illustrates that employers benefit from employees who volunteer in terms of better employee health and in professional skills development that employees[…]