Often people say, “Give ’til it Hurts”, but I am more of a fan of “Give ’til it Helps.” It doesn’t just have to help them, it can also help you!
Recently I saw on Facebook (so you know it’s true) that volunteerism had declined. So I thought I would check it the research.
The Volunteering Australia website informs me that while more people are volunteering, they are doing it for a smaller amount of time. Young adults in particular have reduced the amount of hours they spend volunteering.
The great thing the research said is how good it is. Not just for the recipient, but for yourself as the volunteer.
Volunteering gives a measurable increase in:
- State of well-being
- Overall state of mental health
- Level of sleep
Unfortunately, the volunteer rates a far lower in the city when compared to rural volunteering (34% vs 41%). Volunteering has also decreased for community services and emergency management.
From personal experience, professional associations are also declining in numbers of members and numbers of people willing to do things or give their time.
What about you? Do you volunteer? While we seem to get busier and busier, the health benefits for volunteering are outstanding and the costs are minor – it’s cheaper than therapy and almost as good for you.
Why don’t you look at how you can volunteer? It could be as simple as helping paint a friend’s room or patting dogs at the local dog shelter. It is amazing the benefits you will get.
Quite simply, Give ‘Til It Helps!