Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, supports worthy causes, and build communities. Helping others also helps ourselves by lowering stress, combating depression, keeping us mentally-stimulated, and providing us with a sense of purpose. In a nutshell, volunteerism helps everyone and increases happiness and life satisfaction.
Studies have shown that the more people volunteer, the happier they become. In one study done by the London School of Economics people who volunteered once a month had a 7% chance of increasing their happiness over those who did not volunteer. And those who volunteered two to four times a month had their happiness increase by 12%. The group with the best outcome were those who volunteered weekly. Their happiness rose by 16%..a happiness hike equivalent to earning to earning $75,000 to $100,000 versus only $20,000.
This weekend is a great time to begin a life of service. It's easy to do! Find the organization or cause that you feel passionate about, find the local chapter, and call them. Many folks hesitate to volunteer because they wonder what they have to offer. The best part of volunteering is you don't have to have any particular skills or abilities, all it takes is showing up. Your preferred cause will do the rest. They will find a place for you that will help them and make you feel like a million dollars!
Benefits of Volunteering:
1. Volunteering connects you with others.
2. Volunteering is good for your mind and body
3. Volunteering can advance your career
4. Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life.
Children watch everything you do. By giving back to the community, you show them firsthand how giving back makes a difference and how good it feels to help people, animals, the environment and enact change. Volunteering as a family helps to instill kindness and compassion in kids. It will give them the base from which they can develop a life-long habit of serving.
Whatever your weekend plans include, I hope you'll find some time to help others. My entire family is volunteering this weekend in the community-wide Lighten-Up Lily Pad campaign, a program aimed at helping young frogs learn healthy eating habits.
When posting your volunteering activities on social media, please use #MakeADifferenceDay. National Make a difference Day was the brainchild of USA Weekend magazine, along with Points of Light, the world's largest volunteering organization.
Peace, everyone, and I hope you'll join me back here on Monday.