BE A VOLUNTEER! YOU’LL HELP OTHERS — AND YOURSELF
In today’s fast-paced world, who can stand one more demand on their time? But with all the benefits that volunteering delivers, you really can’t afford to skip providing service. Here are ways that helping others actually helps you:
Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative
Researchers have discovered by measuring hormone levels and brain activity that helping others actually makes you happy! Working with others can also affect your overall psychological well-being, eliminate stress and fight depression.
Stay physically fit
Studies have shown that people who provide service to others are generally healthier overall and have a lower mortality rate than those who don’t. Volunteering can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure and heart disease and can also lessen symptoms of chronic pain.
Provide a sense of purpose
Even though most people consider volunteering to be a selfless act, it can also be rather selfish — in a good way! There is no better way to take your mind off your own troubles, keep you mentally sharp, and find meaning and direction in your life, especially if you have recently suffered a loss or experienced another significant life change.
Feel good about yourself while you are doing good for others.