Just how happy can you get? Only one way to find out! (Scroll down)


As a school parent volunteer, your caring, creativity, time, and effort help the kids achieve more and be happier doing it!

Volunteering is a natural happiness booster

Science shows that helping others prompts our bodies to produce endorphins, those “feel good” chemicals that give us a nice little buzz.

Looks like you’re rockin’ a fantastic “Helper’s High” from all your good work

Wonderful! Just how happy do you think you can go? Here are some ways you could pile on the happiness.


Your keys to happier volunteering


Do more good things for YOU – You’re doing great helping others! Just be sure to keep filling your own “cup” so you can keep serving others as much as you want. Take time daily to trigger more of those “feel good” endorphins that boost happiness and reduce stress:

  • Share more – Sharing laughs is a great way to brighten your day and relieve stress. Studies also show that sharing your concerns and ideas -- especially with people in similar situations – also reduces stress.

    • We want to hear all your secrets! As happy as you are, I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re already a member. If not, check out the PTO / PTA Super Star Leaders Facebook Group. Such a great place to get and give help, share some laughs, and always feel appreciated!

  • Thank more – You deserve a ton of thanks for your hard work. And I know you thank others for helping too. But did you know that you can thank your way to more happiness AND more help?

Thanking people isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s a powerful WIN WIN WIN. First, it triggers feel-good endorphins for you. Second and third, in the person you’re thanking, it triggers feel-good endorphins PLUS a serious spike in helping behavior:

Researchers…studied the impact of a sincere ‘Thank You’ in the workplace. Their findings show a 50 percent increase in the amount of additional help being offered as a result of the appreciation. (HuffPo)

Say what? 50% more help just for sincere thank yous? Yes, please!

  • Meditate – Not because it’s even more popular than kale these days! Meditation melts away stress and is easier than you might think. I never thought I’d meditate. But I was desperate to help my son cope with school anxiety and stop raging at video games (last resort before giving them away) and felt obligated to try it with him. We both started feeling and dealing better right away and are still benefiting six months into it.

    • Bonus - With apps like Calm and Headspace, you can also meditate while exercising or doing chores or work. That’s right! Updating a bulletin board? Clipping box tops? Writing an email blast? Meditate your stress away. Even a few minutes a day helps.

Give ‘til it feels good, not ‘til it hurts – There’s a fine line between going above and beyond and going waaaaaaay beyond, and it’s easy to miss when you’re whizzing along at the speed of life. Sounds like you’re staying on the right side of that line, which is great! To make sure you can always steer clear of burnout:

  • Get more volunteers – I hope you didn’t just spit out your coffee (or kale smoothie?) at the obviousness of that advice! Yes, getting busy parents to volunteer is harder than ever -- especially for Board positions. But it’s still totally doable.

  • Make your job easier – Getting more volunteers to share the load is key. But you can also save lots of hours and stress using done-for-you tools and templates. Yes! With enough time, you could do the research and create all the flyers and spreadsheets and checklists and more that you need to succeed, from scratch. But when PTO life and the rest of life is whizzing at you, grab-n-go resources let you get things done AND stay sane.

How can I help you volunteer happier?

I want to help you achieve your PTO goals through less work shared by more (happy) volunteers. In other words, I just want you to be the happiest volunteer you can be. You deserve it!

So, let’s hear it. What PTO thing is just driving you up a tree? I’d love to hear from you and help. :)

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