Doing Good Feels Great!

The Surprising Thing You Can Do to Improve Your Mood, Health, and Career.

Angst, concern for the future, depression; if you share these common feelings, volunteering is a concrete thing you can do to feel better. In fact, it has emotional benefits, may improve your physical health and improve your career opportunities.

Profound Improvements in Your Attitude

When you work with others in a positive way it can counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety and improve your mental health.  Besides, it makes you happy. An  interesting article from helpguide.org reports how becoming involved in your community adds to your life.

Helping others kindles happiness, as many studies have demonstrated. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness in a large group of American adults, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were.”

Agnes is cheerfully ringing up customers. She spends most of her time taking care of a bedridden husband. Today her daughter is staying with him so she can work at the charity thrift store and serve tacos to the homeless at a local church.

She tells me, “The reason I work here is that the money we raise goes to help folks with utilities, medicine and things they can’t afford. I have volunteered for over forty years and it still makes me happy.”

Latest Research Proves It Benefits Your Health

What’s more, research has shown that being a volunteer can also improve your physical health, especially among older adults. To get the benefits of volunteering, you only need to spend an hour or two a week helping others.

“When it comes from the heart, you enjoy it,” says Sophie, who has worked at her church for many years. “Now my niece is here helping. It is good for young people to give to others, do a good job and not always expect to be paid. I love the experience.”

Experts Say It Can Help Your Career Opportunities

Finally, as a volunteer you can also gain valuable work experience and improve your skills. A report in Forbes magazine states that applicants have a 27% greater chance of landing a job if you have been an active volunteer.

As an example; Scott, a twenty-five-year-old man, told me, “I volunteered to be part of our small town emergency services department because they needed help. The city paid for my training to become an EMT, and it was great. I continued my education and now I am a well-paid paramedic. If I hadn’t been willing to step up when needed, I would have missed this chance.”

Without a doubt, sharing your skills, time, and care, benefits your community and yourself. Assist older adults, teach children, walk dogs or choose from many other opportunities.  Get out, help, and you may find it changes your life.

For more information on volunteer opportunities in your area, check out www. Volunteermatch.org.

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