Volunteers say they like helping others and being useful, but volunteering may also be good for your physical health: volunteers have reported increased self-esteem, a feeling of empowerment and better health. Many people report a ‘high’ from volunteering that is similar to the good feelings that come from exercise. Others have noted that helping others can take your focus off of you own problems and make them seem more manageable, which in turn can help combat depression.
5 MORE REASONS TO VOLUNTEER:
1. Develop new skills and gain new experiences that you might not otherwise have the chance to do.
2. Meet new people. Studies have shown that people with wide social circles tend to live longer, happier, more full lives.
3. Grow as a person – figure out your likes and dislikes.
4. Develop a new perspective – there are people who are very happy with less than what you have.
5. Feel needed and appreciated.