When people come together for a common cause, there is strength in the numbers and powerful change can occur. Trying to accomplish things alone can be tough, so teamwork and citizenship are valuable assets for accomplishing small and large things. Have you ever tried to accomplish something by yourself and became frustrated because it wasn’t going very well? Did you reach out for help?
Citizenship and teamwork are important values to learn in life. If you would like to be more involved in your community or become involved in a team, consider the following tips:
- Volunteer at a school. If you happen to like children, schools need help in a variety of ways. Perhaps you could volunteer in the cafeteria, the after-school programs, sporting events, clubs, or chaperone events. Simply give the school a call or visit to get more information about how you can become a volunteer. You will be teaming up with other adults that care about children and that will be a pretty good feeling.
- Take on more responsibility. Maybe you are a part of an organization and you already have a role there. You could take a larger role or engage more consistently with the organization. For example, if you work on the safety team for your employer, perhaps you could take the initiative to become an instructor so that you can train new employee classes when they are needed.
- Help keep your community clean. You can always pick up litter that you see wherever you are, but concentrate on your neighborhood. Perhaps you can gather your family and friends every so often and have a neighborhood cleanup day. This should be a fun adventure and at the same time you are showing others what it means to be good citizens.
- Have a neighborhood dinner. Do you happen to know your neighbors? What a great idea to plan a neighborhood dinner and invite your neighbors. They ought to be delighted to gather with each other and get to know one another more personally. Who knows- you may have lonely neighbors who would love the friendly gesture!
- Organize a neighborhood event. When you gather your neighbors, perhaps you could discuss if they are interested in forming a neighborhood volunteer group. You could volunteer to tutor children, have fun team sports activities for kids on occasion, visit the elderly in nursing homes, etc. To give back to the community with the spirit of teamwork is quite a wonderful gesture and will help you to feel fulfilled.
- Honor those who give abundantly. If you happen to know someone who is always giving and volunteering abundantly, get together with some friends and honor them with some sort of award or celebration dinner. This will encourage the individual and make them feel super good!
As you go about your life, commit to keeping the value of citizenship and teamwork on your priority list. Do you volunteer somewhere? Are you a good citizen? If you are not currently taking some time to give back to your community and world.
CHOOSE SOMETHING TO GET INVOLVED IN OR ORANIZE AN EVENT.
FOLLOW THROUGH AND RECORD HOW DOING SO MAKES YOU FEEL.
Internationally recognized Positive Psychology Coach Lisa Cypers Kamen is the Founder of HarvestingHappiness.com, Director of 501 (C)(3) nonprofit Harvesting Happiness for Heroes (HH4Heroes.org), and Host of weekly Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio.
Currently living in Los Angeles, California, Lisa Cypers Kamen is the mother of two active children. She is philanthropically dedicated to the success of various charities related to children and military issues.