People seem to think that they need to donate thousands of dollars to make a difference in the world. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Whether you donate your time or money, giving back is a wonderful and a rewarding experience. It not only benefits your mental state, “it’s better to give than to receive”, it also benefits the recipients.
Volunteering, or simply spending time with others, will instantly give you the satisfaction of doing something amazing for others. Reports have shown that giving back is beneficial for both your physical and mental health. It can help boost self-esteem, release endorphins and leave you feeling empowered. It’s an excellent and easy way to experience a greater self-worth.
Donating your time is an excellent way to put your social skills to good use. It can help you relieve stress, get rid of boredom and even loneliness. Giving back to your community can make a huge and direct impact in your neighbourhood. It could be as simple as cleaning up your street, spending time with the elderly at a retirement home or reading to kids at your local library. A strong community is healthier, safer and more enjoyable.
Don’t be afraid to take the lead. If you see a cause that you feel strongly about, take initiative. When my best friend of 18 years passed from cancer, I was left feeling frustrated, annoyed, angry and sad. Instead of taking my feelings out on others, I put my sadness to good use. I started a charity in her honour. Formed a team of board members that felt strongly about the cause and went straight to work. Our charity now donates to hundreds of families across Canada struggling with cancer. Our mission is to bring hope. We shaped the world around us and made a difference in Canadian lives. It’s extremely rewarding. I’m able to share my passion, values and inspiration with others on the daily.
Volunteering is also an excellent way to open doors that may have not been open otherwise. Its an easy way to gain work experience, especially when working in your field of interest. It can instantly widen your social network as you discover new organizations and charities to be part of. Who knows, maybe you’ll come across your dream job by meeting your next boss or colleague. Donating your time is not only important to those around you, is a valuable addition to any resume. Added bonus, you’ll probably learn a new skill or two.
As good as it feels to make a charitable donation, nothing feels quite as good as donating my time. The greatest happiness boosts comes when I feel needed. I’m able to develop new skills and grow as a person. It’s an excellent way to explore new experiences and discover new things. I’ve gained a new perspective on life ever since I started this charity. Seeing people who are at their worst, yet still staying strong, brings a new light to my life.