Not only are we helping others when we volunteer – it is also beneficial to our well-being! Below are three ways volunteering can improve our physical and mental health.
Volunteering provides a sense of meaning and purpose: It allows us to be part of something larger than our self. Volunteering increases our compassion for others
Volunteering promotes staying active and physical healthy: Research has shown that older adults who volunteer find it easier to cope with daily tasks, have reduced symptoms of chronic pain, and are less likely to develop heart disease and high blood pressure.
Volunteering makes us happy: Humans are very social creatures that depend on one another, and when we help others, we release hormones that make us feel good!
If you are interested in volunteering, you can start by reaching out to organizations that support causes you feel passionate about, talking with members of your faith community, or start right here at Luther Village!
Not sure where to get started? Check out Volunteer Action Center, a Waterloo organization that connects individuals with organizations for volunteer opportunities. https://www.volunteerwr.ca/index.php
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HelpGuide. (2020) Volunteering and its surprising benefits. Retrieved from https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/volunteering-and-its-surprising-benefits.htm