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Dive into your communities and get involved. Whether you find happiness and peace through exercise, art, travel, or specific activities – people with similar interests are all around.

Creating strong relationships and feeling supported by your community is one of the biggest contributing factors to happiness. It not only increases our mental and emotional health but has also been proven to lengthen our lifespans and boost our physical health.

Choose a community that builds you up with kindness and appreciates your uniqueness. A good community celebrates differences among its individuals as well as the cohesion and bond of the group.

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We know this is much easier said than done, meeting new people and making the effort to get out of your comfort zone is hard. If you are experiencing social anxiety, start slow. Try going to an event held by your school/community, take a friend with you, and talk to them beforehand about what to do if it becomes too overwhelming for you.

Having a community – whether it be a team, fraternity, club, class, etc – is only going to give you as much as you put into it.

  • Get involved as an active member

  • Lend a helping hand to other members

  • Take on responsibilities or leadership roles


You may end up finding yourself surrounded by people that are practically family.

Start giving back with your communities – in doing acts of service and good deeds we significantly improve our own mental health, a win-win!

Becoming involved in a non-profit or dedicating time and effort to a cause you are passionate about is a huge way to bring meaning and service into your life. It gives us confidence and purpose. Push yourself to grow positively as an individual with conscious and continued acts of goodwill.

There are infinite ways to help others. Whatever you decide to do, do it out of kindness, love, and care; give back in a way that you find meaningful and rewarding. There are plenty of ways to tie together hobbies/social things you enjoy and acts of good service.

Here are a few ideas of ways you can help:

  • Plan a fundraiser for your favorite non-profit

  • Do a conservation project, trash pick up, or look up your local parks & recreation department’s events

  • Run a 5K (or participate in another activity) for a cause

  • Volunteer your time at a soup kitchen, shelter, or food pantry

  • Donate old clothes and no longer used items to Goodwill (or the many other places that will take them!)

  • Be a role model – whether you coach, mentor, teach a skill, tutor, or read to youth, you are making a difference to each child’s life

Get Involved

The more involved you become and the time you spend putting your heart into good service, the more you will get out of the experience. We highly recommend getting involved in something that isn’t just a one-time thing but an effort that you dedicate yourself to.

 A Few

Be a Special Olympics Volunteer

  • Dedicate your time to transforming the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through sports and games Volunteer Here


Environmental Activism


Mustard Seed Communities

  • Get involved Mustard Seed Communities by raising money, praying, and caring for the most vulnerable communities around the world


Join the buildOn Movement

  • Help to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education by joining BuildOn


Wounded Warriors Project

Knots of Love


Habitat for Humanity


Volunteer Match

Healthy Coping Kills