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Positive Impact of Volunteering on Your Life

Positive Impact of Volunteering on Your Life

April 19, 2024

3 Ways Volunteering Can Positively Impact Your Life and Health

April 20th is National Volunteer Recognition Day. If you currently volunteer your time and talent, congratulations! If you’ve been thinking about volunteering for a cause or organization that you’re passionate about, this may be a great time to give back.

According to the Mayo Clinic, volunteering is about far more than what you accomplish for others. Research shows that volunteering offers significant benefits, especially for older adults. Volunteering can help:1

1. Improve physical and mental health - Research has found that volunteering leads to lower rates of depression and anxiety, especially for people 65 and older. Because it keeps people moving and thinking, it helps to reduce stress and increase positive, relaxed feelings through the release of dopamine.

2. Provide a sense of purpose - For many not-for-profit organizations, the work volunteers provide is essential to delivering on their mission, giving volunteers a sense of purpose, especially when contributing their time and talent in areas they find meaningful. Older volunteers reported a greater sense of appreciation, both given and received, and a corresponding increase in life satisfaction and self-esteem.

3. Build social connections - Social connections are critical for counteracting loneliness and isolation, which can negatively impact mental and physical health, especially as people age. Volunteering can be a great way to make new friends, strengthen existing relationships, and interact with people with diverse backgrounds and skillsets.

Many volunteer opportunities offer flexible hours that can accommodate your schedule and circumstances. In some cases, you may be able to provide organizations with valuable assistance without even leaving your home. Often, needs in the areas of marketing, fundraising, event planning, bookkeeping, and more can be accomplished by volunteers working virtually.

Whether you’re looking to expand your social network, sharpen certain skills, or stay active in retirement, you can find an opportunity that fits your interests and schedule. Talk to friends, family members, and local community and religious organizations about opportunities in your community or visit VolunteerMatch.org for a database of local and national organizations actively seeking volunteers.

1)”Helping people, changing lives: 3 health benefits of volunteering.” MayoClinicHealthSystem.org, 1 AUG 2023, https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/3-health-benefits-of-volunteering

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