10 reasons you should volunteer for 2017

Around the world millions of people volunteer each year. We are a pretty sociable people! With countries who may be at a disadvantage or governments with limited funds, it is the communities and people who give their time who really are the unsung heroes. But studies have shown that volunteering has so many benefits for anyone involved.

1 It is good for your health

No, we aren’t making this up. Studies have found that when you stop thinking internally and focus on someone who is not yourself, your stress levels start to decrease, your immune system is strengthened and your overall sense of life satisfaction increases. This is because helping someone else interrupts tension-producing patterns and replaces it with a sense of purpose, positive emotions and high confidence levels.

2 It helps you to develop transferable skills

Employers are looking for skills that are easily transferred to different areas. Some of these skills are: teamwork, interpersonal communication, public speaking, time management, leadership, organization, analysis, computer skills, problem solving and creative thinking. Plus, learning to be dependable and responsible will prepare you to be a good employee.

3 It lets you give back to your community

Working with care in the community that serves a segment of the local population offers a unique opportunity to give back to the community in which you have lived and worked. While donations given over the internet make their way into certain community sectors, there is an anonymity to the giving. However, when you become involved you make a personal connection with a person you are directly assisting.

4 It teaches you the significance of a simple gesture 

In the haste to get through all of the pressing priorities of the day at work or school and home, it is commonplace to forget about giving others the appreciation they deserve. However, when you are sitting down talking to a lovely lady at a local coffee morning who has no more family left, you focus on her. We are all storytellers at heart, and it is surprising the lives many of us have had. That simple gesture may do more for a person than anything they have received in the last week. The lesson, though, is to be better at recognizing others who touch your life outside of the volunteer position.

5 Volunteer rewards last longer than cash

At the risk of sounding like a cliche, it is true that by giving we receive. The more we are able to give of our talents, skills and time to a cause in which we believe, the more others will connect with us. These connections in all their forms and complexity enrich our lives for the duration.

6 . Do some good

Volunteering will allow you to get involved with a worthy cause and potentially change lives and make a difference. You will learn to have empathy and
to see the world from a different perspective

7 Volunteer workers experience synchronicity

The term synchronicity was created by Carl Jung, the famous Swiss psychologist, and in laymans terms it is defined as two or more experiences happening simultaneously that have meaning for the person experiences them. All previous nine reasons to do charity work form a synchronicity. At the time you are performing the work, though, you may not relate one new skill learned or reward received to your volunteer position. Over time, as you continue to volunteer you will discover the power of synchronicity for yourself.

8 Volunteers live longer

Volunteers are happier and healthier than non-volunteers. In fact, during later life, volunteering is even more beneficial for one’s health than exercising and eating well. Older people who volunteer remain physically functional longer, have more robust psychological well-being, and live longer. However, older people who volunteer are almost always people who volunteered earlier in life. Health and longevity gains from volunteering come from establishing meaningful volunteer roles before you retire and continuing to volunteer once you arrive in your post-retirement years.

9 Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose

Although it is not well-understood why volunteering provides such a profound health benefit, a key factor is assumed to be that volunteering serves to express and facilitate opportunities to carry out one’s sense of purpose. The very nature of volunteering means choosing to work without being paid for it. As a result, people choose to spend their time on issues they feel strongly about.

10 It really does help an important cause

Charities, not for profit and care in communities rely on the good nature of those around them to help important problems in the community that they are facing whether that be social isolation, improving employability or to help people manage their care and support needs.