7 Perks That Come With Being A Volunteer

7 Perks That Come With Being A Volunteer

It all started at Sing for Hope.

Volunteering is such a truly beautiful thing. It changes the lives of many by making a positive impact. I can say this with confidence because I have experienced this first hand. When you are a volunteer, you do it because you really want to. You do it because it makes you happy or because you know it will make somebody else's day. If you do volunteer for the money, then you are certainly in the wrong place because volunteers do not get paid in monetary forms. They do, however, get paid in gratitude.

I, personally, am always going to make time to volunteer because it has done so much good for me, health-wise! Here are some of the many benefits to volunteering:

1. People are way more pleasant.

There seem to be nicer people at nonprofits versus big corporations.

2. The guilt-free happiness you receive is incomparable.

It may not pay the bills, but I'll take getting paid in laughter, memories and everlasting bonds for now.

3. There are so many positive vibes.

Everyone just gets along.

4. The laughter and smiles are contagious.

Smiling is a natural facelift.

5. Everyone is included.

No one is forgotten.

6. People are way more appreciative of one another.

You might be thinking, "Well, duh. If you volunteer you are working for free. Of course, they're going to acknowledge you for the work you do because that's all they can do." That might be the case but it is still nice to feel wanted.

7. The great support system.

Everyone is encouraging, understanding and lovely to be around.

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Buying Your First Brand-New Vehicle?

4 Pre-Purchase Considerations

Buying your first brand-new car can be considered a milestone achievement. You’ve saved and budgeted to be able to afford this purchase, but there are still a few things to consider before jumping in. To make sure you get the best deal possible on your new vehicle, be sure to take these four things into consideration.

Look at the Right Cars

Just because you have the money to buy a new car doesn’t mean you should look at every car available. This is a big purchase and you should be happy with the vehicle you choose. Do research online and even visit a few dealerships to find the right vehicle. If you are interested in a car such as the Subaru WRX, do as much research into it as possible. The average price, the options it can come with, the estimated costs of owning that vehicle should all be considered.

Loan Pre-Approval Process

If you’ve already chosen the type of car you would like, it is important to do more research when shopping for a car loan. Good credit will get you a better interest rate, but it is important to shop around as well. Some finance companies will offer better car loan rates than others, and some may require a better credit score or a different down payment. Make sure you have all paperwork gathered, such as employment pay stubs, when you discuss a car loan with a loan specialist, but don’t choose the first one to pre-approve you.

Extended Warranties

Extended warranties are offered at most dealerships. Some warranties are better than others, so it is important to use the information you’ve found when researching the vehicle as well as details of the warranties being offered to see if one fits your needs. It is perfectly okay to not purchase an extended warranty, but if you do it is important to choose the right one so you don’t have too little coverage or you’re not paying for more than you need.

Review All Paperwork Carefully

When you’ve chosen the right car and test driven it to make sure it is really what you want with all the options, colors, and more that you are looking for, it’s time to sign paperwork. Just because there are a lot of placed to sign on this paperwork and it will already take some time, you should slow down to make sure you are comfortable with the terms of the purchase. The excitement of walking out with the keys to your new car may make you want to rush this process, but it’s important that you don’t.

Buying a new car is a bit more involved than just stopping by the dealership, choosing the one you want, signing, and leaving. You want to make sure you get the best deal possible on the perfect car for you. Taking your time is the only way to make that happen whether you are looking for a car, truck, or SUV.

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5 Cheesy Things I Relearned Being An Adult In This World

When old advice's you previously rejected become the center pieces of your life.

1. It's not what you know it's who you know

Having the right people around you goes a long way in developing yourself as a person. I don’t know what I did to luck out but the people around me whether they were friends of mine, colleagues, and/or family have had my back whenever I needed it and I theirs. They’ve nurtured, guided, and helped me stumble, land, and fall into so many good things in my life that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them. Having people that want the best for you in life goes a long way in enabling you to achieve your dreams in an efficient and fortuitous manner.

2. Mistakes are a part of life

They are to be acknowledged, learned from, and understood so that one minimizes the chances of repeating it again. Then again, we are humans and we can bang our heads on a door a thousand times and still come up short on the thousand and one.

At the very least, if we move just an inch closer to the doorway instead of the way every time, we will eventually get to the doorway. But the biggest lesson in here is understanding that mistakes are a part of life. In fact, a life filled with perfection can be the dullest thing in the world.

3. Breakfast. Breakfast. Breakfast. Breakfast.

I’m the king of skipping meals. Simply put I don’t like making food. Quite frankly I’d rather do anything else in the world then take 10, 20, or however long it takes to make a meal for myself but skipping enough meals has shown me how erroneous of a mistake that is. Working all day plus going to school and one quickly runs out of energy to do anything but run to the nearest coffee shop to overdose on caffeine.

4. Life is short

Take time out of your busy day to speak to a loved one on a daily basis. Just choose one person a day to call and just talk. I lost the amount of times that one of my friends appreciated this simple gesture. We’re humans. We like to socialize and engage with each other.

However, in this world, the more tech savvy we become, the less we seem to behave as people and the more isolated we become. Try this with one of your friends or relatives tomorrow and see the sheer amount of good vibes you get when you share your day openly with each other.

5. In the vein of life is short, take time for yourself

Simply taking ten or 20 or even a thousand seconds out of your day and fully appreciating everything that surrounds you in that moment goes a long way in calming your fidgety mind while simultaneously admiring the sheer awesomeness of being a living breathing thing in this world. Not only a living breathing thing but a living breathing thing that is self-aware.

This one has been a life-changer for me. I’m too preoccupied in my head a lot but whenever I meditate or just observe everything around me, including me, I realize how incredibly astonishing it is that we are alive.

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