Giving back is a great way to be mindful of all you have while taking pleasure in helping others, the environment or some furry friends. There are countless benefits to volunteering, but here are five reasons to get you going.
1. It allows you to step outside yourself.
Yes, we get it. Life is hectic and it may seem like you’re faced with little else but demands on your time. Taking time out of your week or month can help you recalibrate. It’s easy to become consumed by issues at work or things you want to achieve, steering your focus inwards. Volunteering offers a chance to step out of yourself so that you can easily focus outwards and gain perspective.
2. It offers a sense of purpose.
When you give back, you tap into a higher purpose that offers you a positive and mental boost. That boost comes from knowing how much your time and efforts are needed and appreciated by those benefiting. Putting a smile on a child’s face, playing with a dog that needs a home or cooking food that gets sent to shelters is more satisfying than a paycheck will ever be.
3. It connects you to others who share your interest.
Volunteering for a cause you’re passionate about will introduce you to those who share your interests and values. This is a great way to connect with others and feel a part of something bigger than yourself.
4. It helps you live longer.
Several studies reveal that those who volunteer have increased health and mental well-being. From lower blood pressure to less depression and increasing your sense of self-worth, regular volunteers were found to have the health of those 5 years younger!
5. It broadens your understanding of the world around us.
Most of us live in a world we know and understand. It's easy to forget about the rest of the world out there! Volunteering exposes you to situations that aren't part of our daily experience and that broaden our understanding of the world around us. Ultimately, it offers the chance to see things from different perspectives, allowing us to look at people and their varied circumstances with more understanding and compassion.
Need help finding a good cause? Check out Volunteer Match, an easy way to find great organizations that could use your help today!
Michele Mavi has nearly 15 years of experience as a recruiter, interview coach, and resume writer. She is Atrium Staffing’s resident career expert, as well as director of internal recruiting and content development. She also founded Angel Films, a division of Atrium Staffing focused on the creation of recruiting and training videos.