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How Volunteering Makes You Happy

Volunteering Makes You Happy and is worth looking into. Your commitment can be an hour a month or an hour a week, but happiness will happen when you give back. The more we give, the happier we feel. Happier people give more. Scientific research has proven that giving makes us and others happier. So, the more one gives, the happier a person becomes. That is setting us all up for success! Giving is the antidote to depression, loneliness, bullying, and more. Whether you smile at someone, give a friend some home made cookies, compliment a stranger or hold open the door for someone, these actions will make the world a better place.

Have you ever thought of adding volunteerism to your gives? Donating your time once a month to an organization you admire will increase your happiness, and so much more. Add these to the list of happiness benefits that come from volunteerism; increased self confidence, a clear sense of accomplishment, better mental health, a greater sense of purpose and a deeper sense of community. Opening the door for a stranger is a great give, but when you add up the happiness benefits of volunteering just once a month, you might just want to try out this give.

Volunteering Decreases Stress

Giving to people you know and strangers alike decreases stress and contributes to a better sense of well being. Sure going somewhere to interact with new people might seem a bit stressful, but once you become engaged in your volunteer position, you will feel the decrease, not an increase, in stress. You could be cuddling kittens for an animal rescue organization, delivering food to seniors, reading to children at your local library, or sorting food at a food bank. Your feeling of purpose, the interaction with new people, knowing you are positively contributing to another, brings a feeling of calm that can only be experienced through volunteerism.

Give Volunteerism A Try – Volunteering Makes You Happy

Volunteerism is not work, which is why so many people feel happy when they donate their time once a month, or in some cases more! Work has different responsibilities or expectations. The pressure some days can be overwhelming. Volunteerism is different. You still want to do a great job, you very best but the pressure seems a bit less. I have found that happiness and the service of giving go hand in hand.

Here are some fun and profound ways to volunteer in your community:

  • Help maintain a hiking trail so everyone can use it
  • Kitten cuddle at a local animal rescue
  • Read to kids at your local library
  • Walk dogs at your local animal shelter
  • Teach seniors a skill or lead a group at their assisted living facility
  • Start or join a walking group that partners the disabled with able bodies people
  • Deliver meals to people who are homebound
  • Volunteer at the local soup kitchen

The Gift of Volunteering Goes Further Than Just You

Volunteering spreads the love of gratitude, gratitude from those who benefit from your volunteer hours, and gratitude towards yourself for the joy of volunteering your time. You will also inspire others to volunteer when they hear about your experiences. Becoming involved in your community can lead to less loneliness and give you a sense of purpose. Remember that it takes a village to help a community grow and you are an essential part of this growth.

Add one volunteer experience to your giving calendar this month! Give it a try if you are new to volunteering or make it a monthly habit if you are a seasoned volunteer. Share your give on our Impact Map once you sign up for your free 365give membership! Your experience is sure to inspire others to start volunteering in their community.

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)