I have discovered the joy of volunteering to help with research studies at the university. I don't do any of the ones that require taking new medications, but I have been in several that deal with muscle fatigue, lung capacity, and metabolic rate.
Not only do I help research, but I also get free bone scans, blood work, and other tests i would not normally receive. I have great lung capacity, my bones are extremely hard, and my blood work comes back normal. I'm told I'm too healthy for most studies which makes me feel even better!
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I don't get "paid" to volunteer but I get quite a few "perks". I get a "free" lunch (yes I know-no such thing as a "free lunch") when I volunteer at the hospital. I received a membership to the historical society because I volunteer there. Plus there's the volunteer recognition lunches, etc. each year.
Help others, help yourself, get rewarded in more ways than one! 41
When I need a boost, I take some time to read the message boards and offer encouragement and support to others. It's impossible to lift someone up and stay in the dumps. When I post positive thoughts for someone else, I'm reading them, too. It's a win-win.
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