Why You Should Volunteer

Psychology Today published an article, 5 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer, back in March of 2014 about why volunteering should be an important part of everyone’s schedule. Since the time it was written, certain facts about volunteering rates may have changed, but the overall positive reinforcement that volunteering brings to our own lives remains the same. Here’s a look at what the article said about why everyone should volunteer regularly:

First, volunteering increases longevity. Volunteers are not only happier, but studies have shown that they are healthier than those who do not volunteer. According to the article, “During later life, volunteering is even more beneficial for one’s health than exercising and eating well. Older people who volunteer remain physically functional longer, have more robust psychological well-being and live longer,” (Psychology Today, 5 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer). That being said, most of the senior-level volunteers did volunteer earlier in life.

Melissa Keroack volunteer-11Volunteering also shows to have a positive impact on your career. Those who volunteer are more often to make more money because of the strong relationship they make through volunteer work. Volunteering can help you meet clients, future employees, and even help steer you in a career path that you’ve always wanted to go down. These social connections are effective ways to learn about different industries, and can increase the amount of publicity your own company receives.

Next, to state an obvious fact about volunteering – it’s good for society! Many business and small organization rely on a strong volunteer force to be successful. According to Psychology Today, “Places like museums, social service organizations, and faith-based organizations often rely on more volunteers than paid workers to meet their goals and fulfill their mission. These business are committed to doing good things for society,” (5 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer).

Lastly, volunteering makes you feel good. Those who volunteer have better self esteem because volunteering gives you a sense of purpose in life. Because volunteering involves working for a purpose instead of for money, people devote their time to issues they really care about – thus they feel happier that they have made a difference for a cause that hits close to their hearts.

There’s no question that volunteering should be an activity that everyone participates in. For more information on where to volunteer, or what types of organizations you should get involved with, read this article here.