In December we give to others, but why not give your valuable time to someone in need and volunteer to help others in your community.
For International Volunteer Day, we’ve put together 5 reasons why you should volunteer this December:
1. You could change someone’s life. Your actions, whether big or small will have an impact on someone’s life, you are making a difference. There are people who really need help or just company, simple actions can make a real change.
2. Connect with your community and new meet people. Volunteering lets you meet people from all walks of life. It gives you the chance to form relationships that can have a lasting impact, you could meet your new best friend, future business partner or have a conversation that sparks a real change in your life. Joining a community organisation will enable you to meet other people with the same interests and values as you and help you to feel like a part of something, and that you are doing your bit for your community.
3. You can use your skills, or better, gain new skills. Are you a people person? Do you speak another language? Are you a natural salesman? We all have something that we are good at, so why not put that skill to good use. You may also learn new skills and experiences when volunteering. You may learn new ways to face some situations, you have to deal with a mix of personalities and all while adjusting to life outside of your comfort zone. This all adds up and helps to improve your teamwork, leadership, problem-solving and people skills. These new skills can then be applied to your personal and work life.
4. It’s good for your health, both mental and physical. Studies have found that when you stop thinking about your own problems and focus on someone other than yourself, your stress levels start to decrease, your immune system is strengthened and your overall sense of life satisfaction increases. You are given a sense of purpose and positive emotions. The reality is, we feel good when we do a good deed.
5. Gain a whole new perspective and appreciation for what you have. Being around other people in need, looking at their situation can lead to people reflecting on their own lives. No matter how bad that day at work was, at least you have a job, you want to modernize your home? Well at least you have a home to go to. It is easy to feel unsatisfied with what you have, and compare yourself to others, such as the neighbour in the big house with the flashy cars, but it has been found that people who volunteer have more gratitude to what they have in life. Because they have seen first hand, things could be worse.