Living in Service: The Benefits of Volunteering

Living in Service: The Benefits of Volunteering

In Health & Wellness, Recovery by Tree House Recovery

Volunteering can be defined as participating in any activity that benefits a person, group, or cause. It’s all about offering your time and effort in the selfless service of others. Volunteering your time for a cause or person that you care about is a win-win situation. You’re helping others and you’re helping yourself, as studies show that volunteering is actually a key part of mental and emotional well being. It also boosts confidence, professional and personal achievements, and overall health. Here, we’ll go over some things to consider when thinking about volunteering your time.

Make a Plan

When deciding where and how to volunteer your time, consider what you truly care about. What causes are you passionate about? What do you want to stand up and fight for? Likewise, it’s important to consider how you want to be spending your time, as volunteering should be enjoyable for you. What kind of environment would you like to spend time in? Maybe it’s a soup kitchen or an environmental clean-up or an afterschool program. What skills do you have to offer others? Volunteering should be mutually beneficial.

Make a Commitment

Commit to a certain number of hours per month to your volunteer cause. You might want to attend a few different volunteering opportunities and get a sense of which is the best match. It’s important to feel a sense of synergy in the space and with the people that you’re volunteering with. 

The Domino Effect

You might find that when you volunteer and commit to a life of service, other areas of your life will start to fall into place. Volunteering can have a positive domino effect on you and your recovery.


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