Everyone knows that volunteering is a great way to help others, but you may not know that volunteering has some benefits for you, too. Here are just a few of them:
Volunteering helps fight depression. Feelings of isolation are a risk factor for depression. Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with great folks. Jerks don’t seem to volunteer all that much.
Volunteering gives your self-esteem a boost. When you volunteer, you’re not only doing Good, you’re feeling Good too, and when you feel Good…well, you can see where this is going. Your self-esteem gets a nice boost; you feel Good about what you’re doing, so you feel better about yourself. Makes perfect sense!
Volunteering reduces stress. Since volunteering keeps you around other people and focused on their needs, volunteers tend to have lower stress levels.
Volunteering helps you live longer. Well, in a way. You see, studies have shown that those who volunteer tend to have a lower mortality rate than those who do not. But that’s not all – volunteering also seems to reduce the symptoms of chronic pain and heart disease.
When You Help Others, You Help Yourself!