Does art and volunteering really help me heal???

Hello Everyone,

I’ve really begun to experience many new things since I’ve gone through this part of my Journey. Things I never imagined I would be interested at or possibly even good at!

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The first thing I think about is my Art and how it’s positively affected my situation. I mentioned to someone the other day about how I feel Art really can help the body relax and heal. They didn’t quite understand what I meant and I wasn’t able to put it into words. I decided to do a quick search and found a few interesting sites that describe how Art can assist in your healing. Here’s one that seems to make sense to me as it explains the difference between curing and healing – I believe both can help someone heal and/or fight off illnesses.

In regards to healing it states:

Curing is what medical science attempts to do through medication, treatment and external intervention. It usually is the result of a series of treatments that hopefully lead to an event – the absence of disease.

Healing is an internal process you do for yourself. Healing restores the balance and harmony to the body, mind and spirit. It can be done without a cure. Healing activities are essential when the negative influences of illness, loss or life changes encompass your life.

Volunteering is another activity I’ve tried to get more involved with. I’ve always read about the benefits of it and dabbled with the odd event here and there, coaching hockey teams and other things. But, recently I joined my first committee for a great fundraiser for the SPCA Animal Rescue in Saint John, New Brunswick. I’ve always loved animals and found it is a great fit for me to help out!

It’s a comedy show named “Raise the Woof”. I’ve taken on a number of different roles from managing the website – www.woofraisesj.com, finding sponsors and donations, as well as selling tickets.

The Help Guide has a great article that really explains the benefits of volunteering.

Volunteering: The happiness effect

Helping others kindles happiness, as many studies have demonstrated. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness in a large group of American adults, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Science and Medicine. Compared with people who never volunteered, the odds of being “very happy” rose 7% among those who volunteer monthly and 12% for people who volunteer every two to four weeks. Among weekly volunteers, 16% felt very happy—a hike in happiness comparable to having an income of $75,000–$100,000 versus $20,000, say the researchers. Giving time to religious organizations had the greatest impact.

Make sure you read through the article for the many benefits of volunteering. A few that I feel grateful for are:

  • Volunteering helps you make new friends and contacts

  • Volunteering increases your social and relationship skills

  • Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy.

Anyone else have any events they are volunteering for or use art as a way of healing? Please leave a comment if you do. Thanks.

Lots of love,

Adrian

 

 

6 thoughts on “Does art and volunteering really help me heal???

  1. Interesting post Adrian. I’m know I benefited greatly through volunteerism during my teenage and younger adult years. It generated some strong friendships with other volunteers and I felt good about what I was doing.

  2. I agree with you that art and volunteering are healing. I find when I am totally engage in creating art, I heal myself of the stresses in my day. Please continue sharing about how art heals you.

    1. Thanks Lidia! I agree 100% that when I get into painting, everything else fades away and I feel great. Feeling healthy is a great way of healing! Thanks for the comment.

  3. Hey! Great plug for us… thanks! The only thing is the Raise the Woof links are pointing to woofraiseJS instead of woofraisesj 🙂

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