“In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa
In case you missed it, National Volunteer Week 2017 took place from April 23 – 29. The week was created to celebrate the efforts of volunteers and to encourage people nationwide to give back to their communities. If you did not take part in the official week, you can still plan your next date night around some volunteer work (it will be more fun than it sounds!) Studies have found that doing volunteer work triggers the release of oxytocin, otherwise known as “the love hormone.” This “feel good hormone” causes people to feel closer and to form a stronger bond.
Performing volunteer work pretty much guarantees that you will leave with a sense of satisfaction and pride. More importantly, it’s an amazing way to connect with others and to strengthen your community. Doing this good work alongside your loved one only makes it that much better. Plus, nothing is more attractive than watching your loved one be a really good person. Here are a few examples of volunteer work you could do:
Habitat For Humanity
This nonprofit organization is dedicated to building affordable housing for low-income families. You can search your zip code on the organization’s website and find the closest Habitat for Humanity (HFH) affiliate near you. Just fill out an interest form and go from there. Don’t worry if you’ve never done construction before–each project is in need of a variety of skills!
One famous couple that has been volunteering with HFH for over 30 years is former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. To date, the two have worked together to build, renovate, and repair 3,944 homes. Incidentally, the Carters have been married for over 70 years!
Couples For Kids
The organization Big Brothers Big Sisters is a mentoring charity aimed at helping youth realize their full potential. The organization has a “couples for kids” program through which you and your partner can have the rewarding experience of sharing a bond with a child who is in need of a friend or role model.
When you volunteer as a couple, you are paired with a “little brother” or “little sister.” Exposing a child to a respectful and caring adult relationship can make a lasting impact on them.
Visit A Senior Citizen Home
If you’ve seen the movie Cruel Intentions, you may remember the scene where Sebastian and Annette volunteer at a nursing home together. Visiting a senior center is the perfect way to brighten a senior citizen’s day. You can just play some games or have a conversation with residents. Some senior citizens may enjoy reminiscing about their own marriage or past relationships. You may get helpful tips and advice on how to make your own love last a long time!
A couple that volunteers together, stays together. Volunteering is a great way to gain perspective and to gain a stronger sense of appreciation for one another.
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