The Surprising Health Benefits of VOLUNTEERING

By the Royal Health Awareness Society

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering can be enormous and once you find your cause, the impact on the community is immense. Here we point out seven benefits of volunteering.

1. Volunteering provides you with a sense of purpose 

Helping others can help you find meaning in your life. We are meant to live in a community – to be there for each other and to support one another. We can only experience this when we lend a helping hand

2. Volunteering expands your social network

Volunteering helps you connect with others and provides you with the opportunity to meet people and even make new friends

3. Volunteering helps reduce stress

Helping others contributes to reduced stress levels and better overall mental wellbeing

4. Volunteering helps with building self-esteem

Working for your cause gives you a sense of accomplishment and can help you become more confident and improve your self-esteem

5.  Volunteering can help you stay healthy

This is especially true when volunteering requires physical activity since moving your body contributes largely to your overall physical health

6. Volunteering can be a path for self-exploration

Volunteering can help you find out about interests you never knew you had and can lead you to dig deep into your views of the world and where you stand in life

7. Volunteering makes you happy

Volunteering is a two-way street wherein helping others you’re also helping yourself