4 Surprising Benefits of Volunteering

1. Helping people = happiness ☀️

Volunteering is one of the best ways to decrease feelings of loneliness, anxiety, stress, and anger. When researchers examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were. Serving can mean so many things – taking a mission trip overseas, working as a greeter at church, or even just visiting a sick friend in the hospital. Serving doesn’t have to be hard. If we do all things with love, serving others is a joyful experience.

2. Volunteering can actually improve your health 💖

Giving back has proven to not just be great for your mind but also your body! A recent study found this was especially true for volunteers over age 50. Older volunteers consistently showed lower blood pressure than those who didn’t volunteer at all. And specific types of volunteering have specific health benefits as well. For example, in older adults, teaching Sunday school to kids helps memory and cognitive function, while activities that require a lot of movement (think of helping in a soup kitchen) help with cardiovascular issues.

3. Altruism builds skills and can help enhance your resume  ✅

Helping others helps you help yourself! According to research by the Corporation for National and Community Service, volunteers have a 27% higher likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers, and those living in rural areas have a 55% higher likelihood of finding employment. This is a great bonus for both older volunteers looking for new opportunities and for Gen Z seeking experiences and skills to start their resume off on the right track.

3. Serving others strengthens bonds within your community 🤝

When people are using their time + talents in their church they often invite others to join them. Whether it’s greeting people, serving during worship, or helping set up events, volunteering your time and presence helps build a stronger sense of community with the world around you and attracts other like minded members to join in. Instead of staying in your lane with work and hanging out with your own family and friends, volunteering gives you the chance to meet new people and offers insight into the lives of those in your community you may have not otherwise crossed paths or spent much time with.