Mental Health: Volunteering = Happiness

Health, Volunteering | April 16, 2018 | By

Embrace the Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering is not only a selfless act, it gives us the tools we need to be healthier and happier individuals. It is amazing what it can do for our mental well-being. Take a minute to look over the list. Maybe there’s something you’ve been struggling with. Maybe you’ve been feeling extremely stressed as of late. You’ll be amazed to see what volunteering can do for you.

Everyone’s mental health varies, but volunteering has the potential to:

  1. Increase social interactions. 
  2. Inspire Happiness!
    • Being happy and feeling elated can relieve pain and stress, and therefore improve your health.
  3. Improve your Self-Esteem.
    • Self-Esteem isn’t only defined by appearances or feeling comfortable in your own skin. When you regularly help others, your confidence is likely to cultivate – and that is just as essential to your self-esteem. You feel better about who you are as an individual.
  4. Improve your Emotional Health. 
    • Often when people feel more connected to others, they have an increased sense of purpose. The combination of social connection and sense of purpose help to decrease the symptoms of PTSD or OCD. And, of course, stress and anger.
  5. Reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.
    • The act of volunteering has the power to improve elasticity of the brain. Alzheimer’s is a result of deteriorating brain activity. By continually working and “exercising” your brain, you maintain functioning brain activity.

 

 

 

Psychology Today