The Volunteer Hangover

As I woke up this morning I couldn’t stop smiling. My phone was filled with text messages from happy party goers. Last night was a story that is worthy of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Yesterday, I hosted a surprise bachelorette party for another graduate student. Her wedding plans are stressful and our wonderful cohort felt she deserved a department wide bachelorette party. We bought cupcakes, photo booth props and decorations to make the classroom into a department party. After yelling surprise at school we took a little road trip to a restaurant. Stories and good food filled the night with friendship and laughter.

In order to maintain the surprise I had announced the party as my Graduation party. Everyone else knew the party was for her, but the bride didn’t know that. She decided to buy me a surprise gift and wrote a wonderful and touching card.

The gift I received was a delightful and insightful gift. The bride gave me “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Volunteering & Giving Back: 101 Inspiring Stories of Purpose and Passion.” As the founder of Valparaiso Volunteers and adamant believer in good works I love it! A wonderful surprise, one that I’m sure will bring many more happy nights of laughter at good stories.

Sometime doing good for others gives you 101 good stories in return. Next time you get the chance to do something good for someone else consider all the wonderful memories you could make. Doing good really does feel good. Now I’m signing off for some joyful bed-time stories. Good-night and sweet dreams Valparaiso Volunteers!