At some point in our lives, we have all wanted to volunteer or donate or be able to do something good for the society. But often, other commitments take priority. And we don’t blame you! After all, who can ignore the requirements of a full time job that puts food on your table or needs of your family or your own self. And as the age old adage goes, charity begins at home, so that has to be your first priority, right?
But what if we told you that you will be doing yourself a bigger favor by volunteering than to the society or others. Studies have shown multiple ways in which you can reap benefits of volunteering in your personal, professional and social life.
Benefits of volunteering
Good for your health
Volunteering has beneficial effects for both; your mental and physical well-being. Volunteering helps decrease stress level, improve immune system and reduce blood pressure. Studies have shown that people who volunteer are less likely to have blood pressure problems after they turn 50.
Along with physical health, volunteering helps ward off depression, loneliness and improves overall mental well-being by releasing feel good hormones like dopamine, endorphins and serotonin.
Build a social circle
Volunteering in events can help you meet new people and form stronger bonds. You can meet people from all walks of life; experts in different fields, people who need your help or people who believe in same causes as you. Being able to interact with people, form close connections can have great benefits for your mental health and personal life.
Increase your skill sets
Benefits of volunteering are not just limited to your personal life, but also to your professional life. Volunteer activities can range from organizing events to healthcare to wildlife protection, and each event can help you learn valuable skills. In addition, working with others in a team environment, can help you hone your soft skills like communication, leadership qualities, problem solving and lots more.
Build a stronger CV
Many universities & companies recognize volunteer work as actual work experience. In fact, Linkedin lets you add & highlight your volunteer work experience. This could be especially useful if you are just starting out in your career or planning to change your field. You can get hands on experience in your area of interests, which could range from nursing to training others to animal care
Giving back to a cause you believe in – be it animal welfare, elderly care, environmental conservation can give you a feeling of having a positive impact in the world and bring more meaning to your own life. Shifting our focus from ourselves to others, has a positive impact on the way we perceive ourselves, react to people around us, handle work & personal stress, which in turn leads to a feeling of higher satisfaction towards life.
Studies have shown that volunteering can also help you increase your self-esteem. Being able to help someone can help you feel more competent about your skills, give you a sense of belonging and give you a sense of achievement. All of these benefits have been found to have a positive effect on the self-esteem of people.
Break out from your routine and have fun!
We all tend to get stuck in our daily routine, leaving little time to follow through our passion and hobbies. Volunteering can actually give you a chance to take a break from that routine and go out of your comfort zone and have a bit of fun, connect with yourselves, with other people and get a good nights sleep at the end of the day knowing you made a difference!
There are many more benefits of volunteering. Do you think we have missed out on some? Mention it in the comments so we can share it with more people.