Have you heard the saying, ‘you get what you give’? It turns out science says it’s true, and we don’t have to look far for the evidence. Read on to learn how volunteering could help you improve your health and give you more than just a story to tell on a Monday morning.
Social interaction and community building with people who share your interests are linked with a decreased risk of depression. Research shows this is especially true for those 65 and older. So the next time you start to feel down, remember this: putting on your volunteer shoes is the best way to chase the blues.
Build Your Resume and Life Purpose at the Same Time
Nonprofits have limited resources to carry out their vital work, and volunteer positions often cover jobs that aren’t funded but are essential to operations. As a volunteer, you play an important part in improving our community while building job skills that can open new opportunities. Don’t be shy to put them on your resume or LinkedIn profile.
Mind and Body Fitness
Improve your mental and physical health by volunteering for roles that require critical thinking, problem-solving, and body movement. Volunteers report better health and mental dexterity than non-volunteers, and many studies have shown that volunteering decreases the risk and slows the development of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.
Volunteering can increase your levels of oxytocin, serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins. What does that mean for you? Reduced levels of stress and anxiety and an increased feel-good all-over sensation you won’t want to go away.
Volunteers Have More Years
Searching for the fountain of youth? Look no further than your local volunteer hub spot. Research shows that volunteering can help you live longer due to the mental and physical health benefits you’ll gain like the above-mentioned. The cherry on top? With all that extra time, you’ll have that much more opportunity to make a difference in your community.
The big take away? Changing someone’s life through volunteering can, in turn, change yours for the better. If we get what we give, giving good deeds by the handful will never leave you disappointed. To start reaping the benefits today, discover these 21 ways to LIVE UNITED on June 21st and all year long.