We know that volunteering helps the recipient of the service. But what can volunteering do for you, other than making you feel good? Studies are suggesting that volunteering can help you live a healthier life!
The Helper’s High
If you’ve ever volunteered, then you’ve already experienced the helper’s high. The helper’s high is when you feel really great after having volunteered. It’s that sense of satisfaction and happiness you get from helping others. This helper’s high can also provide you with a sense of purpose; and can help increase your self-confidence.
Volunteering is a great way for you to network yourself. This is a great way to make new friends, and connect with people in your community. In turn, volunteering also helps you better your social skills. If you are shy and want to break out of your shell, volunteering is a great option!
If you’re volunteering for a cause that is near and dear to you, then it could be a great outlet for reducing stress. Volunteering is a great way to distract you from the problems that are causing you stress. Hearing the stories of the people you are helping may also help you cope with your everyday stress.
Often times volunteering has you on your feet. If you are looking for an outlet to get more exercise, try manual volunteer work like Habitat for Humanity. Even just standing during weekly volunteer work can help you stay healthier! If you’re not sure what volunteer opportunities are near you, check out this site!
Your Turn: What volunteer activities have you done lately?