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Volunteer For Happiness
Volunteering creates happiness. This weekend I volunteered to organize a small local radio station along with eight professional organizers from my local NAPO chapter. The project was intense! The station had never been organized properly. With twenty community volunteers pitching in, we had our work cut out for us. Little by little as items were discarded, others were assigned new homes, and the rooms were rearranged and maximized for efficiency there was a noticeable shift in our energy. We felt inspired, accomplished and happier!
Bringing order and spaciousness to our lives automatically makes us feel lighter and freer. We aren't carrying around the heaviness of our stuff. We can breathe. When we lighten up physically we lighten up mentally. I love the Ancient Chinese saying, "A cluttered space equals a cluttered mind". Too much stuff creates confusion and zaps our energy and creativity. Think about the last time you organized a closet or cleaned out the junk drawer. Didn't the result make you feel happier? You felt lighter and less burdened.
We were talking to the very happy owner of the radio station at the end of the day about his newly organized space. One of us mentioned that clearing out the clutter and bringing order to the station would have a direct positive impact on the station's programming, paid advertising, and visibility--not to mention the attitude and performance of the station's employees and volunteers!
Our Happiness Quotient—HQ—is elevated when we choose to be in service to others, let go of what's bogging us down, and clear the way for good to come into our lives. Doing something positive and meaningful on the outside makes us feel good deep down inside. That's what happiness is. How will you elevate your HQ this week?
I'd love to hear from you!
Now That's Organized!
posted on: 1/31/2008 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side
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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.
My Favorite Books
- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
- It's Hard To Make A Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul
- Organize With Confidence by Elizabeth Hagen
- The Secret Of Letting Go by Guy Finley
- Life Is Short--Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta La Roche
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Seven Whispers by Christina Baldwin
- Loving What Is by Byron Katie
- Making A Change For Good by Cheri Huber
- "Happiness Now!" by Robert Holden, PhD.