We all know that volunteering has a positive impact on those you’re volunteering for, but did you know that it’s also a great way to improve your own life? Lend a hand without monetary compensation and you’ll be amazed at the social, emotional, and intellectual rewards awaiting you. Here are just 8 benefits to volunteering:
By focusing on other people, you interrupt the the stress-producing chemical reaction in your brain.
2. You’ll have fun by trying something new.
Take a break from your normal routine and try doing something for others. Thinking about your own life all the time can get motonous, and many volunteer programs are very exciting!
3. Learn about yourself.
You’ll get a better understanding of your personality. Are you sympathetic? Patient? A leader or a team-player? Do you like getting your hands dirty?
4. Explore a potential career.
By volunteering, you can try out a field without making a long-term commitment. It's a great way to learn about the day-to-day operations of a potential career without going every day.
5. You can gain professional experience.
The skills you gain as a volunteer can be translated into other areas of your life. You'd be surprised how far that practical experience will go in your next job, and the skills you learn will look great on your resumé!
6. You’ll meet new people.
Volunteering fosters teamwork and camaraderie, so that you’re bound to come away with some great new friends.
Many service projects (school tutoring, providing care to the elderly, mentoring youth, cleaning parks, etc.) directly impact and improve your local community. Improve the space you live in!
8. Make a difference.
In the words of Mother Teresa, “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”
What are you waiting for? Volunteer! Check out these programs:
Clara is a Politics major at Princeton University focusing on international relations and global health. She is originally from Ashland, Oregon but loves traveling whenever she can. Clara is currently the FIND YOUR MISSION intern for MISSION.tv.