Researchers have found that the prevalent style among healthy people who are unhappy and stressed is to sit and mope. Coping by complaining or having a drink might well make you feel better temporarily, but will leave the stress and the unhappiness intact. Doing something good by offering random acts of kindness can be an effective means of treating your depression and unhappiness.
Spread some Magic
It is a known fact that volunteering offers many therapeutic benefits for the mind, body and soul. Just do a little bit of research and you will find that there are thousands of people and animals in distress, living in the most appalling conditions, and by volunteering your help, you can spread some magic and sunshine into their lives.
Here are 5 wonderful things that will happen when you start volunteering –
1. You learn new skills and even advance your career because if you are volunteering in your field of work, you’ll meet people who are fantastic sources of information about other job openings. You’ll certainly develop new skills and by working at different organizations and taking on different roles, you can gain plenty of experience without job-hopping. With volunteer work on your CV you will be demonstrating to your potential employer that you are committed to the kind of work you are applying for.
- Volunteering helps with eliminating depression. Experts say when your thoughts are off yourself and concentrated on someone else, your mood lifts as you see that there are others who are far worse off than you are.
3. You’ll know for certain you are needed and appreciated. Think of how terrified abandoned and abused animals feel. Everyone of them relies on caring and kind human beings to pat them, feed them and love them. The wag in a dog’s tail when it sees you will make you realize that someone is relying on you for help and this can build up your self esteem. Working with animals is great for people who are shy and have a hard time meeting new people.
- If you’re tired of watching on TV program after the next because you claim to have nothing to do, volunteering can help you stay physically healthy.There are volunteer groups that involve themselves with environmental projects on the beach and in parks, and it can be excellent to get up off the couch and join a clean-up on the beach. Your health will benefit and you are guaranteed to have less chronic pain symptoms.
People with disabilities are also able to volunteer. Research shows that adults with disabilities all show vast improvements with ailments such as arthritis and depression after volunteering. Even if they can’t drive, many volunteer their time making use of their computers or a phone.
There is a time to make things happen, and by deciding to volunteer and do something to help others, you’ll be developing qualities in yourself that others will cherish in you.