In today’s day and age, we spend most of our time working, paying bills and wallowing in our self-pity (yep, it’s true). However, in the midst of our whining, we never really stop to think about how lucky we really are. Unlike many other people, we have a roof over our heads, we have a steady income, we have a meal on the table every single night, and we have friends and family around us. There are some people who don’t have any of us. Most of the time, they rely on volunteers to help them out or help out with a cause that will ultimately help the world – rather than their own selfish needs. Alongside this, volunteering can make your own lives even happier. So give it a go!
Volunteering creates new social bonds
Most of the time, a volunteering role will allow you to meet new people, connect with those you wouldn’t normally connect with and create new social bonds in the world. This will give you the chance to meet new friends and acquaintances who can enhance your experience of life. Most of the time, having people close to you will create a sense of emotional belonging, which is proven to be one of the best sources of happiness.
Volunteering allows you to learn more about yourself and the world
The best way to learn something new about yourself and the world is to take yourself out of your comfort zone. You need to put yourself in unusual situations and learn how to cope with this new information. Only then will you be able to truly know yourself, others, and what the world has to offer. If you are someone who has been brought up in a privileged background, it would do you well to help out those less fortunate, not only to see how lucky you have been in life, but also impart some of your luck onto others and improve their lives. This will drastically improve your outlook on life, which will improve your happiness.
Volunteering gives you a purpose
Most of the time, we feel it is our duty to wake up early, go to work, and come home late in the evening. However, many of us do not get any satisfaction from this monotonous lifestyle and only do so to make money, rather than live your purpose. Sometimes, volunteering for others and the community can make you feel as if you finally have a purpose in life. You are there to help others, and you are there to make a difference.
Volunteering can enhance your career
If you’re stuck in a dead-end career, you can often feel like there is no way out. You’ve been working for the same company for 30 years, you have only ever worked in one department, and you have no contacts in the industry you really want to work in – so what do you do? Well, volunteering can give you that chance to enhance your career. You can meet new people, who may be able to point you in the right direction or introduce you to the right people, and you are learning valuable skills that will put you above others who haven’t volunteered.
When it comes to volunteering, you really have nothing to lose. You’re helping others, and you’re helping yourself. Why not, ey?