Make 2022 your best year ever! One way you can do that is to start volunteering! Volunteering isn’t just good for the health of the community, it’s good for your health too. Here are some ways volunteering can improve your life!
You may not be able to see their smiles behind the masks, but trust us, they are there! These volunteers know the benefits of volunteering from the joy they experience when serving meals to those in need at Trinity Cafe.
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1. Improves social connection
Daily social interaction can significantly increase life expectancy. Volunteering for a cause you care about will bring opportunities for you to meet other like-minded people with similar interests, opening the door for life-long friendships.
2. Reduces stress
A meaningful volunteer experience can improve your mood and refocus your attention to take your mind off your worries.
3. Helps you stay physically active
There are many fun ways to be active as a volunteer without committing to strenuous work. Getting out of the house and moving your body helps you stay healthy.
4. Provides opportunities to learn
Learning keeps brain cells working at optimum levels, which can limit cognitive and memory decline as we age. As long as you are acquiring new knowledge, you are keeping your brain healthier.
5. Decreases the risk of depression
Human beings are hard-wired to give to others. The more we give, the happier we feel.
6. Gives a sense of purpose
If you have experienced a major life change that has disrupted your sense of purpose, such as retirement or the loss of a spouse, volunteering can give you a new sense of pride and identity.