A large wealth of scientific evidence supports the psychological, emotional and physical benefits of kindness, altruism, and volunteering. Being kind not only makes us feel less stressed, isolated and angry, but it makes us feel considerably happier, more connected with the world, and more open to new experiences. Altruistic acts increase social support for the giver, provide a more positive perspective on life, and can be a great form of stress release physically activating the area of the brain associated with positive feelings. Volunteering improves well-being and life satisfaction, and is also linked with decreased depression and a lower risk of dying early.
MotherLOVE encourages all mothers to participate in local volunteer opportunities based on one’s interests and signature character strengths.
MotherLOVE’s mission trips offer mothers the opportunity to offer service to those in need, particularly children, in developing countries. In addition to all of the benefits of volunteering (improved well-being and life satisfaction, decreased depression, increased happiness, reduced stress, more connected, and more open to new experiences) studies have shown that our expectations of life and comparisons of our life with others lives can make a real difference in our level of life satisfaction. Helping others in need, especially those who are less fortunate, can put in perspective all the positive things we do have in life — be it health, money, or a safe place to sleep, and help us focus less on the things we lack. This is particularly true when we step outside the comfort of our everyday environment and the norms of our society. Equally important, mission trips allow mothers to tap into their eternal source of mother love as they comfort, teach, and play with children in need.
Studies confirm that altruistic acts build a better community, beyond the giver and the recipient. Altruism begets altruism by paying it forward, setting an example for others, and the phenomenon continues to grow. MotherLOVE’s focus on Love in Action truly can be a force for change not only for bereaved mothers, but their communities and the world at large.
In 2017, MotherLOVE will partner with Back2Back Ministries, an international Christian non-profit organization dedicated to being a voice for orphans. Back2Back’s mission is to love and care for orphans and vulnerable children, by meeting their spiritual, physical, educational, emotional and social needs that they might overcome their life circumstances and break free from the cycle of generational poverty. MotherLOVE’s 2017 trip will be to Haiti (December 8-14) and is open to mothers of all denominations. For more information and to sign up to to Events (add link).