The sympathy and affection that self-help groups give each other is often the only source of help that keeps many a weary soul from giving up. Every Monday, a list of dozens of support groups appears in our local paper. Table I lists some of the groups.
|Table I: Support Groups|
|Mended Hearts, Inc.||Smokers Anonymous|
|Alcoholics Anonymous||Food Addicts Anonymous|
|Bereavement Support Group||People Who Love Too Much|
|Compassionate Friends||Narcotics Anonymous|
|Emotions Anonymous||Family, Friends, and Lovers (AIDS)|
|Women Who Love Too Much||Take Off Pounds Sensibly|
|Arthritis Foundation||Co-Dependents in Relationships|
|Living with Breast Cancer||Adult Children of Alcoholics|
|Caregivers Support Group||Rebuilders (divorced and separated)|
|Overeaters Anonymous||Children with Learning Disabilities|
|Coping with Cancer||Alliance for the Mentally Ill|
|Miscarriage Support Group||Hospice Bereavement Support Group|
|Alzheimer’s Support Group||Impaired Nurses Support Group|
|Mothers Against Drunk Driving||Support Group for Interfaith Couples|
|Nursing Home Support Group||C.A.R.P. Parent Support Group (families affected by drug and alcohol abuse)|
A pleasing sense of belonging and approval comes as a part of a cooperative effort, such as playing on a team, sharing a work project, sensing the appreciative response of others in the use of your talents.
And what can be more satisfying than for a young man and a young lady to meet and experience an irresistible attraction toward each other that deepens into a satisfying relationship? Finally these two, usually opposites, gradually blend their lives into a partnership.
There is just something special and satisfying about a deepening friendship between two people, male or female, which contains the unmistakable comfort of heart-to-heart talks. Teaching, learning, and serving also give you a sense of accomplishment that is deeply satisfying.