Volunteering is good for the soul and more. I assume everyone knows this, right? When I do good things, when I volunteer and help, I feel good. And when I feel good it must mean good things are happening to me physically and mentally, right? Everyone knows this don’t they? But wait, why are there so many angry people, who are they helping with their rage? Don’t they realize they may be damaging their well-being? Maybe everyone doesn’t know that helping others is good for the body and spirit. Do you?
How do you feel?
Are you one of the angry ones? At some level, you must know it’s not good for you. Do you tell yourself volunteering would be great but you just don’t have the time? Several studies show that only 2 hours per week, 100 hours per year, of volunteering, will reap huge benefits in health and wellness.
“A national survey of 3,351 adults conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of UnitedHealth demonstrates that volunteering is good for your health. Here are some of the takeaways from this research: Volunteers say they feel better—physically, mentally and emotionally…” — Nonprofit Quarterly
Is your heart in the right place?
Seriously, those who give, who have their heart in the right place, experience improved health—even with heart disease. What ails you? Could volunteering be part of the answer for your health and wellness improvement plan?
“Using health and volunteering data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Center for Disease Control, we find that states with a high volunteer rate also have lower rates of mortality and incidences of heart disease.” — National Servive.gov
Can you feel the pain?
Both the pain of those in need, and physical pain. Recent studies have shown that volunteering can impact sufferers of chronic pain.
“People with chronic pain experienced a reduction in pain intensity and less disability when they started to work as peer volunteers for others suffering from chronic pain.” — Rush University Health Center
It IS better to give than receive!
That giving is better than receiving isn’t only a wise adage—it’s the truth. Several studies have shown that those who give, receive more than they share. They get happiness in return and happiness is healthy.
“In one study people were asked to spend $5 on themselves or someone else. Guess which group was measurably happier? Those who spent money on other people.” — Happify
Make time to help
Not only can you do it, but you should. You should do it for—you, for your health and well-being both physically and mentally. Two hours per week is all it takes. Find a cause or charity that speaks to you, that moves you, and then make yourself available to help. It’s not complicated. In return, you’ll receive the benefits of happiness: improved health, and mental well-being. Do you volunteer? What does volunteering do for you?