Doing Good Does You Good
BUILD THE COMMUNITY THROUGH GIVING
Nathan Rehmer didn’t set out to make a career change; he just wanted a better-behaved dog. After hiring an expert from Lorenzo’s Dog Training Team, his wife Amanda entered the business. “She’d bring home these dogs with heavy bouts of anxiety or aggressive behavior, and I would see their demeanor completely change after a couple of weeks,” he remembers. Soon, Nathan gave up his role as the food service director at a hospital to join her new vocation.
Volunteering not only strengthens the community but also benefits the person who serves. For those who enjoy spending their time giving back, check out how volunteering opportunities can benefit you! Improves Mental and Physical Health When you do good, you feel good. Those positive emotions lead to emotional resilience, which helps you in the face of crisis or stress. They also decrease stress while increasing positive, relaxed feelings. Volunteering gives you a sense of meaning and appreciation, which can reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Volunteer activities also keep people moving. Whether it is carrying donation boxes, walking around the neighborhood, planting a community garden, or even cleaning litter from the roads, this moderate physical activity can help strengthen muscles, reduce blood pressure, and even alleviate symptoms of chronic pain.
“I wanted to help dogs get out of the vicious cycle of adoption, bad behavior, and surrender,” he says. Nathan now helps dogs and their owners with basic training, anxiety, and aggression using a balanced approach. “We
give physical corrections with the leash and collar, but we never want to scare or hurt the dogs,” he says. “We don’t think dogs should live in a perpetual state of obedience or try to change their personalities.” Effectively training dogs with anxiety requires understanding canine psychology. “Anxiety stems from fearfulness, but not the shaking, neglected, terrified dog we see in commercials with Sarah McLachlan,” Nathan says. Dogs, like young children, require structure and boundaries. “The anxiety stems from dogs making their own decisions for too long. Dogs become fearful because they don’t know what is happening or what to expect.” Mummy Bones Dog Treats The pups want in on the Halloween fun, too! These pumpkin and peanut butter treats are sure to have them drooling and getting festive! Inspired by TheCottageMarket.com
Prevents Isolation and Promotes Socialization Many older adults face social isolation, and it can have negative impacts on their overall health. Volunteering is a great way to network with members of the community and meet new people. Likewise, after moving to a new neighborhood or leaving a career, it is difficult to find a new social group. But when you work with people toward the same goal, you may find you have common interests with other volunteers. You can even invite your family or friends to help, and then catch up while doing something good for the community. Gives a Feeling of Purpose Sometimes as life changes and you grow older, your sense of purpose may begin to fade. Volunteering can help recharge a zest for life and may even motivate you to set and accomplish new goals. You should volunteer for many reasons, whether it’s to give back to the community, help the environment, or satisfy your own personal needs. No matter why, it’s a great way to get out there and do some good.
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2 tbsp honey
3/4 cup almond milk or water
1 cup canned pumpkin 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup peanut butter 1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
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