Now that may sound confusing. How can you find yourself by losing yourself?
Consider how you have an impact…can make a difference…even influence everyone you come in contact with when you volunteer in your community. Here are a few benefits of losing ourselves in service to others by volunteering:
- Positive change– volunteering helps you to connect with you community by making it a better place and allows you to help make change in something you are passionate about. That sense of satisfaction you get when you know you are part of something that’s making a difference is priceless.
- Mental health– volunteering is great for your mental health and has been shown to help with depression. Taking time out from your own stresses and problems to help others can really lift your mood. Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns. Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one’s fate, strengthen the immune system.
- New skills– volunteering enables you to learn a lot of new skills and discover hidden talents, put those skills into practice and change your view on your self-worth. Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements.
- Meet new people– volunteering is one of the best ways to make new friends. Through volunteering you get to meet and participate in fun activities with like-minded people.
- It makes you happy– In a poll by the National Volunteering Network, 98% of respondents said volunteering made them happier people.
Cheers to helping others