The Benefits of Volunteering
When people think about volunteering, they often conceive of it as a selfless act done out of pure generosity. This is (ideally) true, but donating time also comes with valuable benefits for volunteers that can improve their physical, mental, and social health. Here are some of the surprising rewards of volunteering.
Physical Health Benefits
How much volunteering benefits you physically depends, of course, on the kind of work you’re doing. Volunteers who do manual labor are likely to burn more calories and build more muscle than those working in offices and in sedentary roles. Still, any form of volunteering is beneficial. Here are some of the physical health rewards of volunteering:
- People who donate their time have better overall physical health than those who don’t.
- Volunteering reduces stress, and stress reduction helps to prevent serious conditions like hypertension, heart disease, stroke, general illness, and more.
- Volunteers actually have a longer lifespan than non-volunteers, even taking other relevant health factors into account.
Psychological Health Benefits
Donating your time is also good for your mental health. Here are just a few ways that this manifests itself:
Social and Career Benefits
Finally, there are also many important social and even career benefits to donating your time. Although these should not be your primary reason for volunteering, they can be strong perks, particularly if you are going through a rough or lonely time in your life. Here are some of the social benefits of volunteering:
Reap the Rewards of Service With Boston Volunteer
Boston Volunteer works to make Boston and Massachusetts cleaner, safer, and better for everyone. We organize volunteer events and fundraisers that fill various local needs, from making education more equitable to improving the health and vitality of our environment. We partner with other nonprofit organizations and mobilize volunteers to ensure that all of our fellow Bostonians have the opportunities they need to succeed.