Between work, the gym, spending time with your significant other and then trying to find time for a social life it seems like there’s barely any time for yourself let alone volunteering. What many people don’t understand though is that volunteering can have an enormous impact on your wellness. When you think about it, how can it not? Helping people makes us happy!
Here at SweetSpot Labs we try and do our part and support causes we believe in. That’s why we are donating 100% of the proceeds of our 30-count wipes to I Am That Girl, a non-profit organization that encourages strong, young women to lead with confidence and compassion. As we celebrate National Volunteer Month we wanted to share some reasons we think volunteering should be apart of your everyday life, because giving to others can actually make you a healthier and happier person. 🤗
Develop new skills
Just because volunteer work is unpaid does not mean the skills you learn are basic. Far from it. A lot of volunteering opportunities require extensive training and oftentimes you will have to work outside your comfort zone – and that’s not a bad thing! In some fields, you can volunteer directly at an organization that does the kind of work you’re interested in. If nursing interests you, you could volunteer at a nursing home, learn valuable skills about that field and help some really great people along the way. Volunteering at different organizations gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills, can improve your public speaking, help raise your awareness of how people live all while meeting different people you wouldn’t have otherwise met. Nothing basic about that!
Volunteering is good for your mind and body
When we help others we feel better it’s pretty straightforward. Volunteering has so many benefits! It can lower stress, provide purpose and finding a new passion can also lead to a whole new way of approaching life and connecting with your community. Doing for others breeds a natural sense of accomplishment, which can boost pride, combat depression and increase confidence. On top of all that, studies show that volunteers have lower blood pressure and have a lower mortality rate! Help others = live longer!
Volunteering Connects You to Other People and Your Community
Despite all our online connections studies show that we might actually be a lot lonelier than we think. Online connections can help maintain existing relationships but they’re not helpful at creating or maintaining new relationships. Getting out there and working alongside people with the same passion can oftentimes lead to new and long lasting friendships.
Volunteering Brings Renewed Fun and Fulfillment to Your Life
The everyday life can sometimes feel a bit monotonous and you’re looking for a way to shake things up. Volunteering is a great way to explore your interests and passions. Finding what is meaningful to you outside of work can not only leave you feeling energized about your life that in turn can carry over into other areas including both your personal and professional life but can be an escape from the everyday. It can be as simple as if you sit at a desk all day and dream of being outdoors volunteering at the local animal shelter so you can walk the dogs. Whatever it is that brings you joy.
Not sure how to get started? Figure out first what area you want to work in whether its with adults, children, or animals. Then, figure out what causes are important to you, how much time you have to commit and what skills you can bring to a volunteer position.
Check out, Volunteer Match to get started, and remember volunteering doesn’t have to take over your life to be beneficial. Research shows that just two to three hours per week can actually lead to the most benefits—to both you and your chosen cause. 😃