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TRU: The Real U

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Five Quick Service Ideas

Five Quick Service Ideas

So, you know that service makes you happier. It helps you reach outside yourself and connect with something bigger. And, it helps you become a stronger, wiser person. When you serve, your problems don’t seem so bad anymore!

But, one of the biggest problems with service is figuring out what to do. Here’s a few quick ideas you can try today:

1. Visit a cemetery. I love cemeteries, because they are so peaceful and beautiful. Ask your local cemetery if you can come by and rake leaves or clean up garbage; they always need projects done! Or, just buy (or pick!) some flowers and lay them on graves that may be neglected. Family members and loved ones of the departed will appreciate that you took notice.

2. Buy someone’s lunch. The idea goes you tell the cashier at the drive-through window that you want to cover lunch for the car behind you. I’ve had a friend do this with great success (she said the family looked really happy), but I must admit that when I tried this, it was kind of a dud. I tried to pay for someone’s lunch at Sonic (a drive-in restaurant), but the waiter ended up telling the people in the car next to us that we wanted to pay for them . . . while we were still sitting there next to them! Awkward. So, go for the drive-through window.

3. Make a care kit. Ask your local hospital if you can make a care package for sick or injured kids. This is especially appreciated around Christmas time.

4. Perform at a nursing home. I’ve sung at a nursing home many times, and let me just tell you, it is one of the most fun things ever! Even if you don’t have a great voice, the elderly people will compliment you like you are a vocal diva. I’ve joined a friend of mine, who gives weekly concerts at a nursing home. I’ve also asked permission to walk around the halls and sing to the residents in their rooms. It’s like putting on a one-on-one concert, and it is so much fun! I’ll never forget caroling with my family at a nursing home at Christmastime. I don’t know who enjoyed it more, us or the residents!


5. Write a letter. Do you know someone who is serving a religious mission, is living abroad, or is serving in the military? They could probably use a note to let them know what’s going on back home and let you know you’re thinking of them.

Got any more service ideas? Let me know in the comments! Now, get out and serve!

Erin J. is the founder of TRU: The Real U. She is a web writer and a young adult fiction writer. Check out her first book, Walls.

1 Comment

  1. Elisa
    May 22, 2014

    Love this! It’s so true that serving helps you get out of your own problems.

    Something I picked up from a roommate in college was leaving nice notes for roommates or family — whoever you live with. It makes them happy knowing you are thinking of them. This is nice on important days like test or presentation days but also randomly just to remind them you love them.

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