Volunteering: The Secret To Finding More Day-to-Day Fulfillment
U.S. residents who classify themselves as “very happy” spend five to eight hours a month volunteering, according to New Republic. Those who characterize themselves as “unhappy” volunteer for just over half an hour per month. Volunteering is a great way to give of yourself and it’s also a great way to feel fulfilled. If you want to to feel better and get more from life, look outward, into your local community. Volunteering may be just what you’ve been looking for. This quick guide is the right place to learn more about the psychological benefits of volunteering.
Makes you feel connected
In an increasingly digital world, face-to-face human connection becomes more valuable. While most people thoroughly enjoy the digital realm, reliance on it may create a sense of isolation. Volunteering is a great way to connect in real life. Doing things to help other people is a great way to feel more connected to humanity as a whole. While you’re volunteering, you’ll meet people who are like-minded (other volunteers) and people who are grateful for your help (such as the needy). You’ll expand your social circle quickly. You may find that the new people you meet become important to you.
Isn’t the only way to give
It’s the act of giving and connecting that makes volunteering so beneficial. It’s possible to access similar benefits with other forms of giving. Small acts of generosity, such as random acts of kindness (returning a wallet that a stranger lost, for example) or giving your mom a gift to honor a special occasion, such as Mother’s Day, will give you the same type of joy that volunteering does. What is great about volunteering, though, it that it’s typically scheduled. It’s consistent. This means that the benefits of volunteering keep on coming.
Will take you out of yourself
The average person has 70,000 thoughts every day, based on information from Psychology Today. Many of the thoughts are very repetitive. Some repetitive thoughts are negative. These negative thoughts may resurface on a daily basis, like echoes of the day before. When you change your routine by volunteering, you’ll be focused on others, rather than yourself. Volunteering will take you out of yourself in a way that’s psychologically liberating and cleansing. The fresh and new experience of doing for others will quiet repetitive thoughts.
The stats speak for themselves – people who volunteer are genuinely happier. They give of themselves and get a lot in return, even when their motivation for volunteering is selfless. If quieting repetitive thoughts is a goal, and you wish to help others and feel more connected to the world around you, volunteering will be a wise decision.