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Volunteering Is Good For You

I’m too busy,

I have too much on my plate right now,

Maybe another time,

I’ve just got a lot going on right now.

We’ve heard the excuses.

Let’s just be honest here though, you are being polite.

Now, there certainly isn’t anything wrong with that. After all, I think most people would rather hear a tiny white lie than the blunt, bold truth sometimes.

However, we are not convinced.

We feel, that the reason that you are giving this excuse is simply because you may have this idea, hidden deep down somewhere, that volunteering is a one-way street.

This couldn’t be further from the truth!

Volunteering has been scientifically shown to be good for you!

Here’s why:

Volunteering is a pathway to connect with others

With an ever-expanding network of machines, apps and devices it feels as if good old inter-personal communication is being left to the wayside.

The problem is that as humans, we are designed to be social creatures. We are designed to interact with one another.

But, we aren’t designed merely to interact, but interact with each other in a positive, uplifting environment.

Volunteering is a great way to make new friends and improve your social skills. Perhaps you are shy or are naturally a bit introverted, what better way to “level up” than by getting out there and communicating with others in a volunteer atmosphere?

Volunteering is good for both mind and body

Numerous scientific studies have shown that people who regularly volunteer have lower levels of depression, increased self-confidence and even greater physical health.

Volunteering is a great way to develop an amazing support system, and interact and develop relationships with people whom you can rely on and trust. It’s also a great way to reinforce your self-identity as a stable, reliable and caring human being. Through this, you are able to feel better about yourself, and are more likely to have a positive feeling about your view of the world.

Interestingly enough, volunteering has been shown to also increase physical health as well. Regular volunteers show lower levels of chronic pain and heart disease.

Volunteering is a great way to network into a better career

Of course, not every benefit to volunteering simply relates to relationships and personal well being, there is also a very practical real-world benefit. Volunteering is a fantastic way to network and develop relationships with people and organizations that can help you in your present or future career. It’s a great way to learn valuable skills and meet people from all walks of life.

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