What if you could get more benefits of volunteering than just feeling better about yourself because you helped someone in need? When we think of volunteer work, giving time to those in desperate need comes to mind. And while that will indeed make you feel more fulfilled, there are certainly other benefits as well.
After all, you can’t rely on feel-good emotions to sustain a life of giving.
If you truly want to dedicate your life in service to others – whether part-time, full-time or just on the weekends – you need to identify other beneficial factors.
In today’s article, I will take you through a few benefits of volunteering that few talk about. You may have heard of these from time to time, but it’s my goal to present these factors in a new way. I’m sure if you heed this advice, you’ll be able to glean even more reward from giving to those around you.
So, without further ado, let’s get into this piece… Thank you for joining. I hope that we can learn something great together today.
You’ll Feel Like You Have More Time
Something pretty amazing happens when you donate your time: you feel like you have even more of it. Cassie Mogilner wrote in the Harvard Business Review to this effect.
Simply put: you feel wealthier when you give to charity.
For many, this comes by the way of financial contributions. However, it also applies to the faithful few that are willing to donate their time. In my opinion, this is one of the most sacrificial ways to give to charity.
Why? Because money is a renewable resource. You spend it – or give it – then you make more of it. It renews itself as you continue to work or invest.
However, time is life’s most valuable non-renewable resource. Once you give it, you cannot renew it. You cannot get more of it. We each have our own allotted time on this great planet. For some, that is many years. For others, it’s way too few. And perhaps the most fearful aspect is that we don’t know how much time is in our account.
Yet those who truly have a heart for service give their time anyway.
What a powerful sacrifice!
And that’s why it’s pretty remarkable that when you give your time through volunteering that you actually feel like you have more of it. That’s what we all want, really: more time.
So give. Give like you’ll live forever. And live like you’ll die tomorrow.
You Get the Chance to Develop New Skills
It’s one thing to give of your time. However, if you strategically give, you’ll have even more to gain. See, the great thing about volunteering is that you have the opportunity to learn more skills.
Want to learn the ins and outs of digital marketing? Volunteer to help out a charity. Want to become a great administrative assistant? Donate your time to a charity.
This resume-boosting tip is a great way to not only build up your marketable skills, but also strengthen your resume.
Hiring managers may feel more apt to place confidence in the person that’s willing to give rather than the person that has pursued the highest paying job offer in town. Sharpen your skills, become the best and help a good cause. That’s just one of the many benefits of volunteering.
You’ll Feel More Love in Your Life
Love is, admittedly, a difficult thing to quantitatively measure. However, if you look at the data, it appears that volunteering builds empathy, strengthens social bonds and helps you smile.
These are all factors of love.
When you look at it from that viewpoint, it’s no wonder that people who volunteer regularly feel more love, contentment and happiness in their lives. No, you may not find the love of your life on in the field of service. But you will have a life full of love.
And really, that’s what matter.
Life is so much more than a romantic feeling. It’s about knowing, connecting and feeling for your fellow man. Volunteering helps you accomplish that. And therefore, it provides your life with so much more love than you could have ever imagined.
Other Benefits of Volunteering to Add?
These are a few unique benefits of volunteering. I believe that if we can focus on some of these more unusual factors, we can all receive even more reward from the time and energy we give.
However, I’m not so ignorant to believe these are the only benefits.
Please share the things that you get from volunteering. I’m sure that our community would love to hear your personal experiences in the realm of giving. Comment below with your story, as it is just another way that your life is benefiting those around you.
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