And so much more…

By Ghadeer Habash, Internationally Certified Career Trainer

Time is a non-renewable resource; once it’s gone it’s gone! Since nothing is worse than wasted time, we’d rather put this energy to good use.

Spending long hours in front of television screens, mobile screens and tablets, or playing video games most of the day increase boredom, weaken communication skills and keep you from developing your skills.

Research shows that one of the major contributors to a happier, healthier, longer life is having a good reason to get out of bed every morning. Whether you are a stay-at-home parent or a retiree, you can have an effective role when you put your gifts, talents and experiences to benefit society.

Shared goals

From health and education to human rights, you are sure to find a non-governmental organisation, association or club in Jordan that aligns with your values so you can work towards achieving your shared goals.

Not only will you advance the cause but you’ll get to know more people who share the same values and beliefs you do. This is called networking with like-minded people. Building such social and professional relationships will increase your happiness, your sense of achievement and will bring you joy and personal satisfaction.

This kind of fulfilment is needed, especially if you had to quit your official job suddenly for some reason. Volunteer work can emotionally compensate for this loss and will keep you busy and productive at the same time. There are many other benefits too, such as discovering or following your passion.

Although your job may be fulfilling, nothing else can compare to what you gain from voluntary work. It can add depth to your CV as you learn new skills, gain experience and help you fulfil your potential. It’s also the kind of work that tends to be flexible, is usually appreciated and acknowledged and the self-fulfilment it brings is priceless.

Volunteering helps shape a child’s character and personality and fosters gratitude. In such a materialistic world, kids will understand that life is not only about receiving, but also about giving. Kids learn how to feel with others and try to be part of the solution whenever they have the chance.

Let’s start at home in building a culture that appreciates public work. Volunteering will teach our kids that money is not everything. For example, rewards should never be only materialistic. And making less privileged kids happy, for example, will make you happier.

Making a difference can be a slogan you adopt and a lifestyle you choose. 

You can contact Habash at [email protected]

Youth volunteerism

I encourage children to volunteer as well whenever there is a suitable and age appropriate opportunity. I started volunteering at school when I was only 12. Volunteer work keeps kids busy, effectively using their time while learning life skills on the ground – skills they won’t learn in the classroom. Here’s what children can learn through volunteering:

 
Commitment

  Respect

  Team spirit

  Collaboration

  Time management

  Empathy

  Building confidence and passion

  Self-reflection and discovery

  Stepping outside one’s comfort zone

  Learning from new environments

  Roles and responsibilities

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