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As I mentioned last month, I’m a newly chosen contributor for My Joy-Filled Life!  My Joy-Filled Life is a blog primarily about homeschooling, but also has lots of recipes and craft ideas, as well as encouraging posts mostly aimed toward those of the Christian faith.

If you didn’t catch it, last month’s article was called When You’re In the Planting Season, where I described the similarities between my first actual planting season and the planting season happening in my life.

This month, I wanted to write about service.  I mention that a lot, but it’s because I think it’s so important.

Not only does service help those in need, but it also benefits those who serve.  Like many others, I struggle with depression sometimes. The one foolproof cure for it is to do something nice for others.

Especially with all the bad news we hear in this day and age, I think it’s important to show kids that there’s still good in the world… and even more powerfully, that they can be the good in the world.

A quote that comes up quite a bit after tragic events happens is one from Mister Rogers:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

In that vein, I wanted to write a list of ideas that anyone can use to be helpers every day, not just when tragedy strikes.  Because whether it makes the news or not, tragic lives are all around us.  Everyone has a story that would break our heart if we knew it.

So why not be just a little kinder, spread a little joy to those around us?

I hope you enjoy my post this month! The link is here (or click the picture below!): 50+ Ways to Incorporate Service Into Your Summer

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