Combat the Holiday Blues by Helping Others

thumbnailVolunteering is a great way to show you care about the world around you. It boosts morale in your community and provides opportunities to enrich the lives of others. While all of this sounds very selfless, there are valuable, selfish reasons to volunteer too. Sounds a little strange, right? Well, it is true! Volunteering benefits more than just the people or organization that you are helping. It also benefits you.

Recent studies conducted at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill show a direct correlation between giving of yourself and finding happiness and improved personal relationships in life. Those who volunteer have increased lifespan, less instances of depression and a greater ability to remain healthy throughout crisis situations. Basically, volunteers remain incredibly resilient regardless of what curve balls life throws their way.

Perhaps you have considered volunteering, but you are not sure how to get started. The process is rather simplistic. The key to finding a great volunteer opportunity is to look for something you are passionate about and contact organizations who work with that cause. Regardless of how many hours you choose to volunteer, you will reap the benefits of your actions.

Don’t know where to start? Try the links below:

www.servenet.org

www.volunteermatch.org

www.allforgood.org