Research has proven, that volunteering makes you feel good about yourself. It strengthens your self-esteem, gives you a sense of purpose, builds vocational skills and fills your heart with love. How? Well, read on…

Volunteering releases endorphins in your brain that pop and fizz like fireworks dedicated to just you. Schinnell Leake, founder of Extraordinary Birthdays has seen it. In our interview she explains how she’s seen it affect the people that volunteer for the birthday parties she host for children in homeless shelters. Imagine a full parade of people praising you because you did something good for someone else. See how that feels? Good right?

Volunteering has also proved to reduce stress because it fills you with a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Of course it does, when you feel good you do continue to do good things. You feel like all things are possible, if you just try. This gives you the power to push forward in life.

It does wonders for your career by giving you a place to learn and practice new skills. Volunteer time has launched many successful people into new careers. Experience and expertise, counts – no matter where you hone the skill.

Even if your recently retired from work, don’t retire from life – volunteering can keep you mentally stimulated and fill your heart with love. Watch now!

Host: Anita Washington, That Anita Live

Topic: How Volunteering Makes You Happy

Guest: Schinnell Leake

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Schinnell and I would love to hear from you. Do you volunteer on a regular basis? Are you interested in volunteering with Extraordinary Birthdays? Leave us your thoughts and comments below.


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Anita Washington, M.Ed. & M.B.A., CEO & Founder of That Anita Live, LLC, host of the TV show That Anita Live and The Emotional Happiness Podcast with That Anita Live provides a platform for women to learn, laugh and more importantly heal emotionally by learning from the challenges and successes of others. 

A former school and community agency counselor and creator of the 7-Step Method, Anita’s helped guide people from the ages of eleven to fifty through their own life issues, personal transformations and professional endeavors. With an old soul and a comedic, honest voice. She uses many southern colloquialisms and colorful expressions to unwrap personal stories of surviving a homicidal alcoholic father, a mother in denial and four physically and emotionally abusive brothers and relates them to guiding principles and healing techniques.

Through her powerful and uplifting interviews at ThatAnitaLive.TV and The Emotional Happiness Podcast women get to see and hear real women with resourceful stories living relentless lives after life's most devastating events. Through her charismatic and compelling speaking, Anita helps women use the tools and resources they already have to reveal and release success blockers such as childhood trauma and family dysfunction so they can build self-confidence, boost their self-esteem and feel free to live true to their own personality, spirit and character.

In her newly released ebook, 7 Simple Steps to Beat Emotional Baggage, Anita shares actionable techniques that will walk women through letting go of the past and rising above the glass ceiling to reach higher levels of success and satisfaction in life.

From nine-to-five, Anita is a Senior Acquisition Support Specialist, possessing over nineteen years of performing and administering program management and cradle-to-grave commercial and federal contracting activities for acquisitions ranging from $500,000 to over $2 Billion. She has progressively worked her way up the federal acquisition lifecycle and commercial supply chain through various positions from pre-award and requirements definition to commodities buying to contract close-out. In her career, she has mastered the art of transitioning to level-up.

Anita is a graduate of Limestone College, Virginia State University, and Strayer University with a B.S. in Mathematics, an M.Ed. in Guidance & Counseling, and an M.B.A. in Contracts & Acquisitions. You can find Anita online at, Twitter, Periscope, Instagram and Facebook. Her handle is That Anita Live on all four social media platforms.
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