Why Volunteering Is Good for You Too!
Thought that volunteering was all about doing something good for others? Well, it is! But that doesn’t mean that there should be nothing in it for you either. Check out my top five reasons why volunteering is also about you.
1. Volunteers live longer and healthier
Volunteers are happier and healthier than non-volunteers. In fact, during later life, volunteering is even more beneficial for one’s health than exercising and eating well. Most of us know that if we eat our fruit and veggies, exercise often, and avoid smoking, we have a better chance of living longer and healthier lives. But your doctor may not have told you that regularly giving to others should be added to your healthy checklist. If you want to live a longer, happier, and healthier life, take all the usual precautions that your doctor recommends, and then … get out there and share your time with those who need it the most. That’s the real caring cure.
2. Volunteering establishes strong relationships
Despite all of the online connections that are available at our fingertips, people are lonelier now than ever before. Working alongside people who feel as strongly as you do about supporting a particular cause creates a path to developing strong relationships with others. It isn’t just beneficial for making new friendships either. Volunteering alongside other members of your family strengthens family bonds based in “doing” your values. And these benefits have a ripple effect. Children who volunteer with their parents are more likely to become adults who volunteer.
3. Volunteering is good for your career
People who volunteer make more money, partially because the relationships people create while volunteering which can be leveraged for financial benefit. These relationships are important because they provide access to new information and opportunities. People in your close network provide redundant information—they are already participating in the same kinds of activities and know the same people. Volunteering has long been viewed as a way to create new “weak tie” connections that lead to career opportunities.
4. Volunteering is good for society
We sometimes take for granted the community that we live in. People and societies co-depend on each other for survival but growth of such things as commercialism are seeing traditional values being disregarded. Communities are suffering due to the growth of secular societies but at the same time we can really bridge that expanding gap through volunteering. Volunteering is ultimately about helping others and having an impact on people’s wellbeing. What better way is there to connect with community and give a little back? As a volunteer, you certainly return to society some of the benefits that society gives you.
5. Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose
Although it is not well-understood why volunteering provides such a profound health benefit, a key factor is assumed to be that volunteering serves to express and facilitate opportunities to carry out one’s sense of purpose. The very nature of volunteering means choosing to work without being paid for it. As a result, people choose to spend their time on issues they feel strongly about. If you are greatly concerned about the treatment and well-being of animals, for example, volunteering at an animal shelter will help you address a social problem that is meaningful to you.
If you are ready and excited to start planning your volunteering, but discouraged by a financial road block, Travel Rural has awesome solution for you. Travel Rural have teamed up with FundMyTravel, who provides us with an online platform where you can fund-raise for your meaningful volunteering experience. You just need to create a campaign page, complete a brief profile to build trust, add a video and tell your story!
REMEMBER: Volunteering not only provides us with the opportunity to get involved in a cause that we are passionate about, but also provides the chance to look beyond our own circumstances and appreciate what others are experiencing. The difference that you’ll make in someone else’s life will make an even bigger difference in yours.