Volunteering is good for your mind and body!
Helping others kindles your happiness.
The more you volunteer, the happier you are. The satisfaction of incorporating service into your life and being able to make a difference in your community is why people volunteer. It leads to new friendships, connects you with your community, allows you to use your talents and even builds job skills.
Volunteering is good for your mental health as well - it raises self-esteem, combats depression, reduces isolation and provides a sense of purpose. (Based on research from the London School of Economics)
“No man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
You should also know studies show that being a volunteer can benefit your physical health too. Over the past two decades there is a growing body of research that indicates a strong relationship between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.
And it’s just a fun and fulfilling way to spend time Doing Good Where You Live.
“Thank you for being a blessing to our community -
Thank you for remembering me and calling me by name when I come in for my appointment; for remembering that I can’t have grapefruit juice because of my medication; for remembering that I have pets and asking how they are – they are my family; for giving up your time to help people like me who come in to the food shelf. I really enjoy coming in and being greeted by friendly faces. I always look forward to my appointments.” – Family Pathways Hunger Relief Client