Volunteering has an amazing ability to improve the health and well-being of those on the receiving end and have a positive effect on the volunteer. Studies show that there are six main areas of life that volunteering can have a positive impact: physical health, life satisfaction, a sense of purpose, happiness, level of depression, and self-esteem.

  1. Physical Health: Volunteers see an improvement in physical health in people who volunteer because they are active and using their minds. People who volunteer regularly have also seen a reduction in blood pressure.
  2. Life Satisfaction: Many volunteers express greater satisfaction in their lives which is thought to be a byproduct of time spent in service to others. Giving and receiving appreciation adds to this satisfaction.
  3. Sense of Purpose: Volunteers find a sense of purpose by finding what they’re passionate about.
  4. Happiness: Helping others is a great way to boost your own happiness. That’s why it’s important to spread your holiday cheer all throughout the year.
  5. Level of Depression: Depression risk is combatted by increasing social interaction and building a sense of community among other volunteers and those being helped.
  6. Self-Esteem: Volunteering helps introduce new skills and experiences that increase self-confidence.

While volunteering can create many benefits, if you are volunteering for reasons that only benefit you, you may not experience the positive health benefits. Considering others first is a key way to plus-up the health benefits of volunteering. Being a volunteer has as many perks for you as it does for those that benefit from your service. It’s a win-win. Don’t question it and yes, you have time and talent that is greatly needed. Find your installation Volunteer Coordinator today and volunteer.

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