I love to hear about people volunteering. In one of my networking groups recently we shared our favorite causes and the ways in which we give back to our community. It warmed my heart to see how many of my fellow members volunteer on a regular basis. Just adding up their contributions to our community amounted to so much. I was blown away!
There are many, many reasons to give back to your community aside from the main one — you make a difference in the lives of others. Here are six more reasons you may not have thought of, and, surprisingly, they are benefits to YOU!
- You’ll find a new sense of purpose. Serving others, feeling needed and seeing how you can make a difference can renew your sense of purpose. Having a sense of purpose increases your motivation and boosts your spirit! You also increase your self-worth by doing something for others that they couldn’t do for themselves. You will know you are needed.
- You’ll fight depression. Helping others increases your body’s natural endorphins, which are responsible for your feel-good feelings. How great that helping others offers immediate benefits to you, too! It also gives you a purpose and reason to get out of the house each week — someone will be counting on you!
- You’ll boost your self-confidence. Knowing you’re needed and fulfilling a need within your community can really boost your self-esteem and self-confidence. If you’ve been lacking a place to shine, volunteering can offer you the opportunity to showcase your skills in a way that benefits others — and you!
- You’ll gain new perspective. Immersing yourself in a new environment will teach you to see things from a new perspective. Looking at situations through the eyes of others does wonders for your personal development. You grow as a person when you can put yourself in others’ shoes.
- You’ll make new friends and increase your contacts. Getting out into a new environment with people who have a common goal of serving naturally increases your contacts. You’ll make great connections and improve your network; you may even find your new closest friend!
- You’ll gain new skills. Jumping into a volunteer role that’s different than anything you’ve ever done will certainly teach you something new! You may even pick up a few talents to add to your resume. Volunteering is a great way to explore a new field to see if it’s a good fit for you. And all the while, you’re likely interacting with new and different people, improving your interpersonal and social skills.
I love that doing good in our community does so much good for us as individuals. It’s a win-win. So how do you get started? The opportunities are endless. If you have young children, volunteering at their school is a great way to make a direct impact on their education and meet other parents in your neighborhood. Perhaps you love animals; call your local rescue organization and volunteer to walk the dogs or help at their next fundraising event. If you’re passionate about politics, get involved in your local party or volunteer at the polls. Make a senior’s day by delivering mail or offering friendly visits at a local nursing home.
For more ideas and more ways to lead a fulfilling and enriched life, contact me, Karen David. I’m here to support you in your best life.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.