We live in a world that promotes self-centeredness. We get so wrapped up in our own problems and issues that we forget about others and their struggles. Volunteering empowers us to help others in a selfless way. When we shift our focus from ourselves and redirect it outwards, we may find hidden treasures that not only improve the world around us, but transform us as well.
Let’s look at just a few of the powerful benefits of volunteering:
Creates a Sense of Purpose
Purpose is defined as the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc. When we volunteer, we may find we’re free to transform our own pain and suffering into something good — something bigger than ourselves, enabling us to be present and helpful to others who are experiencing hardships.
When we are doing something to benefit others and our area, we have an increased sense of pride and accomplishment.
Volunteering offers an opportunity to make relationships, meet friends and build connections with people we might not encounter otherwise. Research confirms that relationships are key to happiness.
The training and hands-on experience we gain while volunteering can help us develop new skills, as well as enhance and strengthen skills we already possess.
Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle
Volunteering keeps us active both physically and mentally, so it’s not surprising that research shows volunteers report healthier lifestyles than non-volunteers. Research also confirms that volunteering leads to lower rates of anxiety and depression, reduces stress, and increases positive and relaxed feelings by releasing dopamine.
Take some time to reflect on your passions and what inspires you, find a need within your community and experience the benefits of volunteering.