“Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to” Deuteronomy 15:10.
Have you ever considered volunteering your time to others in need? Perhaps, you feel like something is missing in your life? Better yet, are you interested in recreating the feeling you get when you make someone smile? If any of these apply to you, I’d like to share a few reasons why volunteering is beneficial to your health and spirit.
Reduced mortality rate
First, volunteering will add years to your life. Believe it or not, volunteering is healthier than clean eating and working out. The reason is that volunteering not only keeps you active, but it also keeps your mind fresh. Per helpguide.org, “volunteers find it easier to cope with everyday tasks, are less likely to develop high blood pressure, have better thinking skills, obtain some relief from chronic pain, and reduce the risk of developing heart disease” (Segal, Ph.D. and Robinson, 2018).
In today’s society, social media has become the primary means for interpersonal relationships. However, these relationships lack in-person, face-to-face connections. With that being said, people can become depressed without any direct human interaction with others. Therefore, not only does volunteering allow for deeper kinships, but also, forms bonds with other like-minded individuals. In addition, these individuals can look after each other and help deflect any feelings of loneliness and despair. As the Huffington Post states, “volunteering brings all walks of life together and no matter your personality, interests, or background, you’re bound to connect with another good Samaritan like yourself” (Mash, 2011).
Successful Nonprofit Fundraising
By volunteering, you can give back to society and your local community. Many volunteer organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Special Olympics rely heavily on their pool of volunteer personnel. In fact, volunteers help to bridge the gap where government funding has ceased. Hence, by offering up your time and effort without compensation, you can personally witness the selfless acts for the betterment of others happening in your community. Not only will you be developing a sense of pride for where you live, but also for society’s humanitarian efforts to give willingly to the impoverished.
Do you ever wonder what your purpose in life is? Well, if you feel passionately about a specific issue or cause, volunteering can be your outlet for purposeful expression. In other words, volunteering promotes activities that enable the fulfillment of one’s sense of purpose. For example, if you were once a foster child, being involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters could achieve a goal of supporting displaced children and feeling your true sense of purpose. Frankly, if we all chose to put others first, we’d be living in a much better world.
Giving = happiness
In summation, volunteering is the perfect way to feel accomplished and proud of yourself. In addition, your life will have deeper meaning when you see others in a different light. Not to mention, being selfless for others will keep you from focusing on any negative aspects in your life. Lastly, it’s been scientifically proven that helping others releases happy hormones and in turn, triggers a more positive outlook about your own life. With that being said, here’s to living your best life ever! Feel free to leave me a comment on the topic of volunteering for your health and check out our new store –
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Carr MGS, Ph.D., D. (2014). 5 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer. [online] Psychology Today. Available at: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-third-age/201403/5-reasons-why-you-should-volunteer [Accessed 25 Apr. 2018].
Mash, D. (2011). 5 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer. [online] HuffPost. Available at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/uloop/5-reasons-why-you-should-_b_852866.html [Accessed 25 Apr. 2018].
Segal, Ph.D., J. and Robinson, L. (2018). Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits: How Giving to Others Makes You Healthier and Happier. [online] Helpguide.org. Available at: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/volunteering-and-its-surprising-benefits.htm [Accessed 25 Apr. 2018].