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low self esteem
volunteer work
healthy relationships
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What Volunteering Will Do For You!
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What Volunteering Will Do For You!

Volunteer for selfish reasons? It seems like quite a contradiction. Of course the ultimate goal in volunteering is to help the cause or individuals you're volunteering for. It is very much a noble cause to reach out and help our neighbors with no intent on receiving back. But does that mean the volunteer doesn't benefit in the process? Of course not. There are many obvious reasons that giving of yourself is a healthy practice, making our lives fuller, more meaningful. There may however be some not so obvious benefits as well, and knowing these can spur us on to continue participating in this important activity.

One very valuable benefit from volunteering is how it aids in our personal growth. This is because whenever we take part in any good deed in boosts our self esteem. And the better you feel about your own self, the more positively you will view your future and ability to set and reach your goals. Also those that suffer from low self esteem can experience the terrible effects of depression. Reaching out to help someone else has proven to be an extremely effective tool in combating depression and instilling strong positive qualities that build self confidence. It helps us not hide in self isolation, but reach out and enjoy healthy relationships with others.

We grow by learning as well. This is true especially for those that make volunteering a lifelong pursuit. We learn about and begin to understand other people, how to solve problems, and skills we need every day. These skills help us in our own personal endeavors, at work, in our own families. You can develop leadership, public speaking skills, communication skills, even marketing skills! Not to mention, a history of volunteer work adds strength and credibility to your resume.

Carefully choosing which type of volunteer work you want to participate can narrow in on which specific benefits you want to enjoy. You can get physically fit, by joining groups that do sports with children or focus on being active. Having a regular commitment to reaching out this way can help you stick to your own personal fitness goals. You won't easily give up on these if you're dedicated to someone in need.

The long term benefits are endless. You'll probably make lifelong friends and useful contacts. Most people you speak with will tell you the impact they had on someone else's life was nothing compared to what it did for them personally. I can personally say this, too.

There are opportunities for virtually every kind of person out there, all you need to do is look for them. Some questions that are good to ask yourself when choosing a specific volunteer activities are:

-What are my own personal limitations, physically, emotionally, and mentally?

-What kind of activity would I find most enjoyable?

-What new skills do I want to develop? Would I rather do something I'm already good at?

How much responsibility can I take on to truly and honestly commit at this moment in my life?

-Do I prefer to work solo or as a team?

-How will volunteering help me in the long run?

Of course these questions are just suggestions and should not make or break your decisions. There are important things to consider, but trying something new and even a little scary will most of the time prove to be the best experience you never thought you'd have. So what do you think? You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain from volunteering!


Street Talk

Regular commitments to volunteering are helping me! Thanks for sharing about what volunteering will do for you.

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  about 4 years ago

Thank you for your encouragement regarding doing volunteer work. Some people think volunteering is a waste of time. It is only a waste of time if the person doesn't enjoy it or doesn't feel like the work is important. Developing skills and meeting new people are two very important reasons for doing volunteer work.

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  about 8 years ago

I agree with Rob. It's nice to give of oneself to society without an expected return. I volunteered at the school for years to benefit my kids. Must say I finally burnt out. When someone else is willing to do it other people don't feel the need to step in and fill the gap. I ended up at the school every morning and until lunch on fridays testing sight words, changing readers, helping with group work, marking homework etc etc. Last year I learnt to say 'no' and this year I'm back for one morning. It can be hard to keep sight of the benefits!

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  about 8 years ago

Volunteering, charity, aiding others all noble causes, all good for the soul, it is just a pity that people forget that charity begins at home. So many people are bent on aiding others they forget their own family needs. Charity is not always the giving of money or time to others. The needs of a family come first, I find greeting strangers talking to others that have no smile on their face, is also a form of charity and volunteering. Making others feel good about themselves and making their day better automatically makes yours better. To give is noble to receive.............. Good article Ally D, wise beyond your apparent years (I'm referring to your profile photo)

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  about 8 years ago
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