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Five Wellness Benefits of Serving Others

Are you stuck in the rut of emotions that 2020 brought and now they just won't leave? Job loss, business closures all around us, not being able to spend quality time with family and friends...it can all be overwhelming, emotionally and physically. How do we help ourselves work through the funk?


There are actually some personal benefits to activities such as donating and volunteering. Let's check out how turning our focus outward and finding ways to give to others can have an incredible positive impact on our own wellbeing.


BOOST YOUR OWN MOOD

Volunteering at least 5.8 hours per month can heighten your sense of well-being through things like stopping the cycle of negative focus on your own problems, increased activity, more social connections, and providing you with a neurochemical sense of reward.


LIVE LONGER

Volunteering improves your ability to manage stress. Lower stress helps you keep a healthy blood pressure plus stave off disease and depression. When you volunteer on a regular basis, you can also gain an increased sense of satisfaction with your own life. Volunteering can alleviate feelings of loneliness and enhance your social life, giving you a community of like-minded individuals to connect with.


A SENSE OF PURPOSE

Empty nester? Retired or working part time? Or maybe you're just looking for more meaning in your life. Enhance your sense of purpose and identity through volunteering.

FOR THE STRENGTH OF THE YOUTH

Turns out that teenagers who volunteer tend to have better grades and self-image. Have them help decide which service activities they'd like to participate in -or- encourage them to start their own service projects, helping them build their own planning and leadership skills.


START A CHAIN OF SERVICE + GENEROSITY

People are more likely to be of service to others when they've observed somebody else perform an act of generosity. Each act of service you perform can create a ripple throughout your community, leading others to make a difference. Imagine the impact!


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