Top 5 Reasons to Volunteer. Do it for Your Health!
Find a sense of purpose
A sense of purpose is one of the biggest drivers of human health and happiness. Great volunteer work furnishes you the opportunity to contribute, thereby connecting with a larger purpose. The impact on your life (and health!) cannot be overstated.
With our modern reliance on electronics for social satisfaction, volunteering provides a fantastic outlet for person-to-person connection. Nothing beats a smile from another person, a handshake, a hug, or a sincere “Thank you.” Working together for a common goal bonds people together in a specific and important way, and volunteering provides the perfect platform. An added bonus: You never know where new connections will lead!
Improve your health
According to a recent study
, volunteering may actually improve your health. This supports previous research, indicating that the time spent engaged in volunteerism lowers stress and increases endorphins. Whether that’s from the emotional benefits of connecting with other people or the perks of an increased activity level, your overall health gets a boost from your altruistic adventures.
Strengthen your resume
Many people volunteer with an eye toward their career. It’s a chance to strengthen your existing skill sets and gather new know-how. If you’re between jobs, volunteering demonstrates your desire to keep your talents sharp.
Your community needs you
If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try spending the night in a closed room with a mosquito. This bit of folk wisdom has never been more apt. Taking time to help your community is more than just a way to beef up your resume or earn your self-back-pats; it’s a responsibility. Taking up that mantle changes the world you live in for the better. It’s a must do- for your ’hood and your health!
RMHP employees recently experienced all these health benefits when we helped beautify Chatfield Elementary School .