If there’s one universal truth of parenting, it’s that there’s never enough time.
Never enough time to sleep.
Never enough time to play.
Never enough time with your kids.
Never enough time to call your mom.
There’s just never enough time. I feel like I’m in a constant battle against Father Time, that jerk. When I’m busy, he flies by. When I’m waiting, he slows down. Not cool dude, not cool.
Well guess what, according to Live Science, the best way to find more time is to give it away. OMG I know, you guys.
While it may seem totally backwards, a new study suggests that those who volunteer their time actually feel as if they have more of it. According to study researcher Cassie Mogilner of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, “Although it seems counterintuitive to give away any of your time when you feel your time to be scarce, our findings suggest that even spending small pockets of time to help others can make people feel more effective, and like they can do a lot with the limited time they have.”
Pretty cool that research findings only further advocate the reasons why we should help each other out.
While I understand the fear and even guilt that comes from giving away even a moment of your very limited time, perhaps the best idea is to start with baby steps. Sheesh, I know I’m not making any hefty volunteer commitments, but I can (and plan) to start helping my neighbor moms out in simple ways that I can. Surely I can call my mom neighbor two doors down and say, “Hey, I’m headed to Target. Need anything while I’m there?” I mean really, wouldn’t you be so happy if a neighbor did that for you?
I can even make an extra casserole when I’m already making one for my own family. It takes just a little extra time but has the power to make a huge difference for another busy family. I know I can give myself away more than I do and remember how valued volunteering in my past life made me feel.
We can all stand to feel like we have more time. If I can make small sacrifices that yield a positive outcome and make me feel as if I’ve one-upped Father Time, it’s totally worth it.
What are your thoughts on the study findings?
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