If you have ever volunteered, you may have noticed that you felt fantastic afterward. Maybe you saw a little boost in your mood, or that you felt like part of a team. You felt like you made a difference.
When we volunteer, we may see real changes as a result of our efforts. We may even witness the effects that our efforts have on others in our community. When we volunteer, we know that we are helping others by giving our time and resources.
Most of us want to help those less fortunate than ourselves. We do not volunteer, for the most part, because it benefits us. We volunteer because it makes a difference.
But, there are even more benefits to volunteering. We notice a subtle shift in ourselves when we volunteer. We feel more connected to others, and we become less absorbed in the normal stresses of daily life. We share our experiences with others and want to help more.
Sure, we know that volunteering makes us feel good. Yet, did you know that, when you volunteer, you are improving your life and maybe even your health?
The benefits of volunteering are countless. But there definitely are social, emotional, physical, and professional perks.
Here are fifteen proven benefits of volunteering. Maybe one of them will convince you to get off the couch and out the door to engage with your community.
Community, Loneliness, and Bonding
Many journals and reports have studied the benefits to volunteering in recent years. They find that volunteering is one of the best things you can do for yourself and the world.
Why? Because we want to make an impact on others. But we are also caring for ourselves and our immediate social networks.
1. Builds Community
According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, you strengthen your community and your social network when you volunteer. You make connections with the people you are helping, and you cultivate friendships with other volunteers.