Anacostia Watershed Blog

Voluntarily Happy

According to a Gretchen Rubin, volunteering has a much more profound benefit than you might imagine. It turns out that the service you provide by donating your time and efforts has just as many benefits to the volunteer as it does to the recipient of the service.

In her article Voluntarily Happy, she explains how the benefits of volunteering reach far beyond just those you are serving. "Studies show that this habit boosts happiness; those who work to further the causes they value tend to be happier and healthier, experience fewer aches and pains, and even live longer. They show fewer signs of physical and mental aging" (Rubin, 2012). 

Going Green - Not Just for People with Money

I Never Knew Planting Trees Could Be So Much Fun!

By AWS Volunteer Katie Huber

Katie Huber Planting Trees with AWS

**Originally Posted on Katie Huber's blog "D.C. Student Guide to Environmental Action" on October 17, 2011.  Check out her blog to see what else she's been up to!**

This Saturday I volunteered with the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) at Magruder Park in Hyattsville, Maryland. I was really excited all week about going to plant trees, yet when my alarm went off at 7:45 am I really wondered why I was doing this to myself. But, I’m so glad I got myself up and out the door. I can honestly say that planting trees with AWS is one of my favorite experiences in DC so far!

Inspiration Often Comes From the Least Expected Places

Trash on Anacostia River shoreline