lend a handEveryone feels blue once in awhile. Hitting a low spot every now and again is part of being human. But there is a secret for turning your mood around when you feel down, and it doesn’t involve a pint of ice cream. What is this special secret? Lend a helping hand.

Nothing cures the blues like taking our eyes off ourselves and reaching out to help another.

When you serve others—and help lighten their loads—you make a difference. And knowing you’ve made an impact in someone else’s life is sure to give you a feeling of accomplishment, contribution and meaning.

So next time things aren’t going your way and you are feeling down, try taking your eyes off yourself and doing something kind for someone else. It may be as simple as paying a compliment to a stranger or holding the door for a mom with her small child. Not only will you make that person’s day… you will make your day too.

Is there someone you can think of who could use a helping hand? It could be as simple as a phone call or an invitation. Whose burden can you lighten today?

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