Helping others in need by volunteering our time and talent is not only good thing for someone else, it brings a positive attitude and better outlook on our own life. Helping others can be a very rich experience, which can add fulfillment and peace. In addition, the positive benefits of helping others include lower risk of developing chronic pain and major depression.
We can serve family, coworkers, or those in need of financial support. Volunteering our time is not always easy; it takes commitment and dedication to give up our free time to help other people. But no matter how hard the sacrifice, at the end of the day, the positive benefits of helping others outweigh the challenges that we face to actually do it.
The Positive Benefits of Helping Others
So many aspects of modern life are missing the human connection. Sure we interact with people on a brief basis everyday, but truly connecting with individuals outside of our very close circle of friends/family can be rare. Helping others can be a great way in spreading your horizons. You can make new friends and increase your social network.
In the wake of hurricane Sandy we see a huge outcropping of passionate volunteers helping their neighbors. This is the volunteerism happens every time there’s a major disaster. But it also happens on a daily basis by regular community members trying to make their surroundings a better place. Connecting with others by serving them fills a deep emotional need we all could do well with more of.
Inner Peace of Mind
Helping others through service and volunteering does wonders to our psyche. Doing something for others in your community gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment. It releases chemicals in our brain, which combat the feelings of depression and anxiety.
It brings us out of our shell, and provides us healthy interactions with others. Being socially isolated is never a good thing. We can easily become isolated through our work and busy schedules. When we help others we reduce our social isolation by building friendships and networks with other people, those who are both volunteering and receiving the service. This truly brings peace to our souls on a fundamental level.
I don’t know anyone who spends precious time helping others purely out of want of personal gain. That being said, by stepping out of your comfort zone and providing your time and energy to help other people you further yourself greatly.
Think about it, when helping others we get the opportunity to work as a team, problem-solve, and dive heavily into organization. There are also benefits in the way of communication and learning to overcome obstacles while helping other people. These are all highly valuable and marketable skills.
On a further note, many volunteer organizations provide real and tangible training. These are all things are your employer, or future employer, may look highly upon. It is also a potential piece of your resume
Learning skills through helping others and volunteering can further your chance to help your community by broadening your knowledge so you can help more people in the future. It can definitely be a win-win. You get to learn new skills and build your resume while helping others and feeling great about yourself.
Getting stuck in the routine of going to work every day and spending the weekends doing the same old boring stuff can really take its toll on our lives. Through exploring ways to serve and help other people you escape from the mundane day-to-day routine.
Many opportunities to help other people can even be around hobbies you already have. Giving you the opportunity to further participate in your hobbies while helping others. Another win-win!
Make it Happen and Enjoy the Benefits of Helping Others
To get the most out of the benefits of helping others, you need to find service opportunities that will push you out of your comfort zone but will be a good fit. Before you dive in headfirst to a service opportunity make sure you ask lots of questions. You need to know what’s expected of you and how best to fulfill those expectations. If there’s training involved how hard and long will the training program be?
A big mistake people get into when starting to volunteer their time is over committal. It’s vital that you ask a lot of questions before you start so you don’t get in over your head and end up committing to something unrealistic, in which you really and truly don’t have the time to do.
At the end of the day you have to have a great time doing what you’re doing. By giving yourself to others you truly get back much more than you’ve given. I promise that as you wholeheartedly help other people you will have a better attitude and a better, more filling, outlook on life.
Have you experienced any other positive benefits of helping others – feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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