The Potential Benefits of Volunteering in Today’s World
“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.” -Erma Bombeck
We Stand United- A Show of Solidarity
We are all facing numerous challenges brought upon us by the Covid-19 pandemic. Starting from the quarantine to the economic instability and the threat of the virus, the entire world is undergoing some very difficult times. The strain of economic instability paired with being locked up in our houses for more than two months has put a strain on our mental well-being. We as human beings have this innate need to do something, to be useful, to have a purpose in life and make a difference to the world. Being locked up in our houses is making it very difficult for most to do anything at all, as we watch our fellow citizens suffer in pain. This is the time to show solidarity and stand united against this pandemic. This is the time to show compassion and work together to fight this horrible disease. This is the time to care, to love and to volunteer.
Feel Healthier and Happier by Volunteering Today!
In the current crisis, volunteering may be comforting, helping people to overcome feelings of inertia and helplessness, as they are separated from loved ones and witness reports on the damage to familiar infrastructures – healthcare, government, food supplies. Studies show that volunteering can help you change your self-perception, increase your confidence, boost your self-esteem and help you learn new skills. It is all about giving back to the society that you have received support, love and benefits from. It can promote positive thinking and affirm your social identity at the same time. Here are the 4 fantastic benefits of volunteering.
1. Volunteering helps you meet like-minded people who also believe in the compassion of working for the society and the benefit of others. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people, animals, and organizations in need.
2. It can reduce depression and loneliness. Albeit the current situation, we sometimes feel down and depressed with our monotonous life and we feel like we need to do something more. Volunteering can add a little joy and happiness in your world, aside from the blessings you may receive from the people you help!
3. It can advance your career prospects. A well rounded resume with an added bonus of volunteer work can really give you an edge when you wish to advance your career. There are some unique skills which you learn if you volunteer young and these skills can help you in your professional life as well.
4. It is very important for your physical health. Volunteering has some distinct health benefits that can boost your mental and physical health. Hypertension is an important indicator of health as it contributes to stroke, heart disease and premature death. Research shows that people who give their time for others tend to automatically have lower blood pressure levels and a longer lifespan.
Before deciding to dive into this sea of opportunity, kindness and care, ask yourself what causes you are most passionate about. Choose one which you feel is emergent and to which you can make a contribution. This will help you to enjoy your work immensely and stay committed to it.
Since volunteering means choosing to work without receiving monetary compensation, people often choose to give their time to issues or organisations they feel are important or have a special connection to. Donate Your Sweat is a social initiative dedicated to the sustainable socio-economic development of rural India through the spirit of volunteering and we believe in the spirit of transformation. Help us make a change, a difference in the world by spreading the word about our initiative today.
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