$24.69! That is what a volunteer hour is said to be worth in 2018, but it is worth so much more than that and you may be surprised by who is benefiting from those volunteer hours. Volunteering makes an immeasurable difference in the lives of others. But did you know that volunteering actually benefits you too? From improving your health to providing an additional sense of purpose, volunteering offers many benefits to the volunteer. Below is just a sampling of the ways it benefits you.
The Benefits of Volunteering
According to a Mayo Clinic report, volunteers indicate better physical health than do non-volunteers. Those over age 60 showed benefits to both their physical and mental health.
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Volunteering demonstrates an openness to teamwork, exhibits your commitment to the community as well as a willingness to help others.
Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.
Volunteering can boost your self-confidence and self-esteem as well as your life satisfaction. You feel a natural sense of accomplishment when you are doing good for others.
Long-term volunteers have longer lives, less disease, and better overall health. Data from the Longitudinal Study of Aging found that volunteers live longer than non-volunteers.
Older people who volunteer often feel younger and may have fewer negative health symptoms and pain. Possibly because being active and engaged leads to more happiness.
Some of the other benefits of volunteering include:
- Feeling needed
- Setting an example for your children
- Doing something outside of oneself
- Making you happy
- Providing an additional sense of purpose