Numerous studies have shown a direct link between increased happiness, health and longevity for people who volunteer their time and/or money. Our current conditions are depressing but you can lift your spirits by helping someone who needs you. As an added bonus, many volunteers who are job seekers learn news skills and meet people who hire them through their volunteer work. Pressed for time? Look for virtual opportunities such as website design or internet marketing that can be done from your home. Start with Volunteer Match and search for opportunities by state, city or zip code. I guarantee you'll feel better in no time!