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Mental Health Impact of Volunteering

Dedicated philanthropist and neuroscientist, Alexander Neumeister talks about the mental health benefits of volunteering

Mental Health Impact of Volunteering Alexander Neumeister
Mental Health Impact of Volunteering Alexander Neumeister

Volunteering can be such a selfless act of kindness and generosity. Although, people volunteer to help others, volunteering has helped those people as well. The mental health benefits of volunteering include boosting one’s self-confidence and alleviating negative thinking. One can find volunteer opportunities at their local animal shelter, organizations for homelessness, nursing homes, and many more outlets. Volunteering gives people the opportunity to give back to their communities. One can donate resources, services, or their time. By dedicating just a few hours of one’s time to volunteering, a person can experience the therapeutic effects of serving others who happen to be in need.

Sense of Purpose

Some people search for their life’s purpose to no avail, trying to find that one thing that fulfills them on a much deeper level. Volunteering can grant one with a sense of purpose as they see that their time is being spent productively and their compassion is not acted upon in vain.

Development of Empathy

Expressing consideration will be greatly appreciated and also teaches a person how to relate better to others. Volunteering is good for developing one’s empathy which is simply a person being able to understand how someone else feels. By hearing other people’s stories, it could also make a person feel more appreciative of the things they have.

Invokes Passion

Anyone can make a difference in someone’s life by volunteering. Seeing the reaction and appreciation in return can serve as an inspiration for one to continue spreading their acts of kindness. It can be a fun way to explore some different interests and also adopt some new hobbies.

Reduces Stress

It’s not too uncommon that people become overwhelmed with the stresses of daily responsibilities such as school, work, or kids. Volunteering allows people to escape and focus on being available for others who need them.

Social Involvement

Social networking can increase through means of volunteering. There are all kinds of people to meet from different volunteer opportunities. The socialization aspect has both positive mental and emotional impacts on a person. These social settings build a sense of community and makes one feel a part of a bigger plan. Any feelings of isolation can become significantly reduced through volunteering.

Originally published on AlexanderNeumeister.org

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