How Does Giving Help Simplify Your Life?

3 ways to eliminate stress by volunteering time and money

As contradictory as it sounds, giving (of your time and stuff) can help simplify your life. How? Think about it: The less you have to worry about, the more simple your life will be.

Eliminating the unnecessary

One of the easiest ways to simplify your life is to eliminate the things that you simply do not need. This goes for objects as well as activities. Eliminating these things is not going to be easy for everyone. Many people become very attached to their possessions and their routines, making it difficult to give up even the least enjoyable of these. But ridding yourself of things you don't need or use anymore can help someone while helping you make space in your home.

Giving to a worthy cause

If you are wondering how to simplify your life by giving, you've probably considered giving to a charity. Not only will you be eliminating the unnecessary items that may be causing you stress, but you are donating those items to the needy, who might appreciate them more.

For example, maybe you have 20 pairs of shoes that take up way too much room in your closet. Rather than staring at the pile of shoes day in and day out and stressing about how to clean your closet, consider donating some of them to a charity or shelter where they will be put to good use and, thus, simplifying your life.

Giving your time to charity

This might seem counter-intuitive: How does giving time to a worthy cause help simplify your life? If anything, spending more time doing something should cause you more stress. If done correctly, this does not need to be the case.

Instead of adding volunteer time to your complicated life, consider giving something up in exchange for volunteer work. One options is to give up media. With the Internet and television, our lives have become inundated with news and information overload. These forms of media can be addicting to the point of causing us unconscious stress. Instead of watching three or four hours of television each night, consider spending one or two of those nights working at a local soup kitchen, reducing your stress and simplifying your life.

Our lives do not need to be stressful or complicated. Sometimes all it takes to eliminate stress caused by complication to finding a cause that we find worthy enough to give our belongings or time. And if this simplifies your life in the process, you will be a much happier person.

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