DR. MIKE DOW GIVES BACK
At age 15, Dr. Mike learned first-hand that giving back is a way to create meaning out of painful and difficult experiences in life after his brother had a major stroke. While his brother's illness was something he was powerless over, he felt empowered by volunteering his time at a school for children with developmental disabilities and a shelter for abused women with children during high school. Dr. Mike says these experiences helped plant the seeds that grew into to his calling of becoming a therapist.
In his college years, Dr. Mike worked with various charities, including Ronald McDonald House. Currently, Dr. Mike volunteers regularly with Comfort Zone Camp , the nation's largest camp for grieving children. Both of these organizations are in need of (non-therapist) volunteers on a regular basis.
Helping others has a unique way of providing a sense of personal well being. Dr. Mike says, "Giving back in a way that is meaningful for each individual is a proven method for enhancing our quality of life. That has been my experience over the years!" He adds, "Being of service to others is one of the best secret weapons for those who may be struggling with hopelessness, depression, and anxiety."
Contact your local Ronald McDonald House and organize a group of friends to cook a dinner for families with children battling illness. Or if you live in the Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Raleigh, or Houston areas, spend a weekend volunteering at a camp for children who are grieving the loss of parents or siblings. If not these organizations, please find a cause you can be passionate about and lend a hand. Dr. Mike predicts you'll get back ten-fold what you give!