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Beyond Charity: 3 Ways Volunteering Benefits You

Posted on: January 27th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Benefits of CharityIn a world where busy is the new norm, sharing your time and resources with a charity may seem an unattainable goal. But consider this: volunteer work not only makes a difference to those in need, but it can also offer countless benefits for those who commit to helping. Read on to discover three big ways that volunteering not only improves the lives of others, but yours as well:

Volunteering Improves Your Emotional Well Being. Helping a charitable cause can be a rewarding outlet from the stresses of life, and is also a great opportunity to pursue hobbies and other personal interests. For instance, if you enjoy hiking, getting involved with a trail cleanup group can help you regularly engage in a pastime you love while making a difference. In addition, volunteering connects you with others. By forging new friendships – or possibly strengthening family ties by pitching in together – you can make a positive change in your life and the world at large.

 Volunteering Can Be Good for Your Health. Donating your time can reduce depression and improve health through interaction with others, but can also impact your physical health in more direct ways. Because volunteering often comes with a dose of physical activity, it can improve health through exercise. Mortality rates are lower among volunteers, who have been shown to have lesser symptoms of chronic pain and heart disease.

 Volunteering Can Offer a Boost for Your Career. Volunteering can help you learn and hone job skills such as communications, marketing, and even management. If you are considering a change of career field, volunteering can be a great way to get your foot in the door in a new realm. Finally, volunteering can help you network with other professionals who are also giving their time.  

January is designated as Blood Donor Month as well as Mentoring Month – just two of countless worthy causes just waiting to be explored. Investigate the opportunities available in your community at the start of this New Year, and give back while giving yourself a physical and emotional health boost.

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