There’s something gratifying about volunteering. Whenever we volunteer we often get more out of it than we give. Many studies have shown that volunteering helps people who donate their time feel more socially connected, thus warding off loneliness and depression. Volunteering has positive implications that go beyond mental health. Evidence of volunteerism’s physical effects can be found in a study by Dr. Sneed and Dr. Cohen from Carnegie Mellon University. Adults over age 50 who volunteered on a regular basis were less likely to develop high blood pressure than non-volunteers.
Benefits of volunteering
- Gain confidence - Volunteering can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement.
- Make a difference - Volunteering can have a real and valuable positive affect on people, communities and society in general.
- Meet people - Volunteering can help you meet different kinds of people and make new friends.
- Be part of a community - Volunteering can help you feel part of something outside your friends and family