A dear friend of mine had surgery over a week ago. I had been praying that it would go well, and that soon she would be back on the road to healing. I remember how nerve wrecking it is to have to wait on lab tests to come back, with that on top of hurting...it makes for very tough days! I called and we got to talk for quite awhile, I know she is in a lot of pain, and yet when I talked about the thing that helps me the most on the days that are very, very tough on me...it was doing service for someone else. Even if it was just to pray and see if someone could use a card, or a phone call. At least I felt like I was not thinking so much about me, and for a moment I felt better. I know that sounds a bit odd, but I promise you all that it works. Service truly does lift the gloom from your heart and replaces it with compassion. Try it and see for yourself!
"When you find yourselves a little gloomy, look around you and find somebody that is in a worse plight than yourself; to to him and find out what the trouble is, then try to remove it with the wisdom which the Lord bestows upon you; and the first thing you know, your gloom is gone, you feel light, the Spirit of the Lord is upon you, and everything seems illuminated." ~ Lorenzo Snow
"The more we serve our fellowmen in appropriate ways, the more substance there is to our souls." ~ Spencer W. Kimball
"Often small acts of service are all that is required to lift and bless another." ~ Dieter F. Uchtdorf