People who are dealing with a chronic illness face dozens of obstacles every day – from financial difficulties and coping with pain and discomfort to the struggles of trying to deal with everyday tasks. But the challenges are not the only difficulty. Amongst the challenges comes the sense of isolation. Often excluded from the activities
The season of giving is upon us. But what does that really mean? Christmas has evolved somewhat in recent times. A slight sense of materialism has crept in. Sometimes giving at this festive time can seem like an obligation rather than what it should be – a gift of service and selflessness. With new “traditions”
Human beings are very social creatures. That is why social interactions play a significant role for us and in our physical health. When you experience hardship and difficulties in your life, it can be tempting to withdraw from your friends and family – isolating yourself. However, there is increasing evidence that you should actually do
More and more people want to do good by giving back and are asking the question ‘how can I help people’ in my community? As a nation we’re right up there when it comes to volunteering, currently ranked 6th in the world, with around 1.2 million Kiwis volunteering in our communities every year. Benefits of
This is a little story about the kindness of a stranger; and how I ended up in a French hospital an hour from home with a 3-month-old baby, no nappies, no house key, no money, no phone, no shoes, in my pJ’s with no idea of how to get home at one in the morning.
Mother’s contribute significantly to the shaping of ourselves as people and are often the making of us. And Mother’s Day is the day for celebrating this, and honouring motherhood, the maternal bond, and the influence mothers have on society. You know the saying, “behind every great man is a woman.” That woman is his Mother.
As human beings, we thrive when our basic physiological needs for survival are met and we experience a strong connection with others and feel valued by society. We can feel that connectedness and sense of belonging when we give of ourselves and our time in helping other people. At the same time, it promotes our