Altruism

What is responsible service? An International Inquiry

What is responsible service?  An International Inquiry

There were many questions for me that went into creating the film Love Bomb when it came to the potential to inspire thousands of people into international service.  I believe that doing service on an international level brings with it many questions in order to participate in a way that is truly beneficial to everyone involved.  This is a short piece beginning the inquiry into this very complicated topic.

Do You Aspire to Serve? Do You Know a Teen Who Does Too?

Do You Aspire to Serve?  Do You Know a Teen Who Does Too?

Do you have a dream of service but don't know where to start?

Today I am interviewing a local leader in teen service about her journey from aspiration to action, Jeni Olsen.  (Check out her local chapter of Roots & Shoots here in Napa, California right here).  She is in preparation for a  March 30-April 3 2015 teen service trip to Haiti with the organization Soles 4 Souls, and there is still an opportunity for a few more teens to participate.

14 Life Lessons From Peru (How To Serve Your Heart Out)

Hi There, it's Rhea here.  I took a moment to write a bit about life lessons learned on our recent service trip to Peru (many of you joined us for the Facebook Photo Journal Here!).  I just revisited the blog post that I had prepared to post before the Napa Earthquake sidetracked my ability to get back to it.  It is amazing to me how these 14 Life Lessons have been totally applicable and in action for me and my community in the past week!  I think life wants me to get these down!!

Here is the blog, written three days prior to the quake:

What is the Best Kind of Happiness for Health?

A beautiful child in the village of Pampallacta, Peru where our team was serving chiropractic.

A beautiful child in the village of Pampallacta, Peru where our team was serving chiropractic.

Happiness seems to be a buzz word lately, and for good reason, one of the foundational drives of our lives is to be happy.  

According to recent research happiness can be divided into two broad categories:

1.  Happiness from getting something.

2.  Happiness from giving something.

What is fascinating to me as an advocate for living love, is that while both types of happiness are valuable to our health and quality of life, it seems that happiness from giving something actually produces uniquely better results when it comes to increased immune system function.  The evidence continues to point at the fact that we are literally designed to thrive through giving love to one another.

What do you think?  

Check out the full article here from The Greater Good Science Center:  A Healthier Kind of Happiness, by Jill Suttie