Is happiness voluntary

Those who volunteer for their fellow human beings are happier overall

Go for a walk, chat, read the newspaper together or just talk to each other about God and the world. Visiting service employee Gertraud Fellinger from Micheldorf visits her client Mr. Z. once a week to have a nice time with him. In times of the Corona exit restrictions, this was unfortunately not possible and she visited him by phone. Although they couldn't see each other, the humanity could also be felt virtually. "We get on well and it makes me happy to give other people time," says the pensioner, who decided about three years ago to volunteer in the Kirchdorf visitor service team. Respect, trust and humanity play a major role in this. Visiting service employees like Gertraud Fellinger are also often the contact person for people who have no one else. They are lonely and are happy to have someone in them. With the corona pandemic, the topic of loneliness moved into the focus of society. For a few weeks now, our visiting service employees have been able to meet their clients in person again and happiness is perfect.

"We can learn happiness by taking responsibility"
The employees in Upper Austria. Red Cross are there when fellow human beings need help and take responsibility for a livable society. Even in difficult times, they are on hand as important service providers for civil society. They help without big words. You also don't need a stage to stage yourself. Your help comes from the heart and affects your life. This commitment connects all walks of life. Studies confirm: People who are socially committed are, on average, happier, healthier and can often cope with stress better. Especially in difficult days, it is necessary to find happiness in small things too. For example, when reading a book, talking to family members or treating each other in an appreciative and respectful manner. “Anyone who feels lucky in the long term has found meaning in their own life. That happens when people are there for fellow human beings to help them, ”says District Office Manager Dr. Dieter Goppold. "We can learn happiness by taking responsibility, creating trust and putting what we have in common at the center of our actions."