How Volunteering Can Make You Happier
Have you ever volunteered for something and thought to yourself, why did I sign up for this or I don’t know what I am doing here. Sometimes volunteering is something we get roped into or we feel obligated or guilty and say yes when we really should be saying no.
Other times, we do what we have to do for the sake of the kids. We want to show our presence and interest in their school activities and, of course, their academic career.
However, have you ever had the experience of volunteering just because it was something that you believe in and always wanted to do? That is where the beauty is. When you volunteer from your heart and when you are ready, that is where the magic happens.
Volunteering is Good for Your Mind
When you volunteer, you give a part of yourself to another. This works wonders for your mind. When you stop thinking about yourself and your problems and focus on another, your mind is more at ease and more at peace with itself.
Giving back has a way of boosting chemicals in your brain and making you happier and improves your mood, as well. Taking the focus off you and placing it on the good of another is the true meaning of benevolence.
Volunteering Can Have Lasting Health Benefits
When you volunteer you release a whole bunch of feel good chemicals. Feel good chemicals help you sleep better at night, give you more energy during the day and help you keep and maintain better overall health.
Now isn’t that better than taking all kinds of pills to get to sleep at night and stay awake during the day. Helping others has a way of allowing peace and serenity to enter into your life.
Giving Back does Wonders for Your Soul
Giving back feels good deep down in your soul. If you ever felt you had no purpose at the moment or you did not know what your life purpose was, then try volunteering. There are so many different organizations that range from different categories, that you are sure to find one that suits all your needs.
Whether you want to volunteer for an elderly facility or work with children or pets, you will be sure to find one that makes you feel fulfilled and purposeful.
It is Good for What Ails You
Volunteering is good for what ails you in that it will enable you to focus on another person’s pains or complaints and keep your mind off yours. When you are helping another person to ease loneliness or assist them in walking, you are taking part in helping them overcome their pains, as well as temporarily putting yours aside.
So, as you can see, volunteering does more than just help others – it helps you, as well. Volunteering soothes your body, soul, and mind. So, why not give it a try soon.