Altruism rewards you in so many other ways other than collecting good karma; from restoring your mental and physical equilibrium to strengthening your social skills, there’s really no reason why you should deny giving volunteerism a chance in your life. Not convinced yet? We’ll soon change your mind!
Up your social skills
Volunteering your time and energy to a cause requires a certain degree of dedication and regularity, which also means that the people you will work with will most likely become familiar faces. If you’re gun-shy, this is good for you since you will be able to foster relationships better with people you meet frequently. What’s even better is that you will be meeting people from all walks of life but who all believe in spending precious time on the same cause. The result? Boundless energy and positivity all around.
Committing yourself to a shared activity with these people will help you in social situations out of the volunteer organisation as you will have learned how to navigate your way around people with different backgrounds. Mingling with your fellow volunteers will teach you to be more attentive and attuned to people’s feelings and speech, which are great social skills for any situation, really. Best of all, if you’re new to the area (or country for that matter), we can’t think of a better way to meet new people and make new friends.
Restore your mind and body’s equilibrium
If you’re tired of the daily grind, we hear you. Going to work day in and day out makes for a really tiring life and sometimes you can’t help but wonder what it is you’re working so hard for. Sounds familiar? Volunteering can actually help with this. It gives you a sense of purpose and in turn increases your self-confidence. Instead of trudging through the weekend dreading the impending work week, spending your time volunteering for a cause will keep you mentally fresh as you engage in a different activity that requires other skills. Waking up to something you know you can make a difference in is certainly better than waking up to an alarm clock, isn’t it?
As for your self-confidence, knowing that you have done good and are contributing back to the community in your small way gives you a sense of accomplishment. On top of this, there too comes a precious sense of belonging as you spend time with people who believe in helping out for the same cause as you, which brings us to our next point.
Social isolation occurs when you have little to zero social interaction with people. It sounds like a long stretch, but it increases the likelihood of developing depression and a sense of purposelessness. You’re then left feeling weary and lacking in vitality. Volunteering helps you in that it is mentally stimulating (something different from your daily work) and physically challenging (you’ll need to be active and on your feet most of the time for certain activities).
Hone career-friendly skills
Whether or not you’re eyeing that promotion, volunteering helps you practice soft skills that benefit everybody. Learn how to manage people through teamwork and communication, be more organised with your time and resources, and be more tactful – we could always do with a little bit of tact in the office, couldn’t we? These skills are transferrable and make you a better worker and person in your social circle.
Another highlight of volunteering that you might not have thought of is how it can expose you to alternative career paths. Your volunteer organisation could have partnerships with other organisations that shed some light on a potential career path you have never thought of, such as nursing or teaching. The bonus is that you don’t have to commit to these like you would for a full-time job and you get to try your hand at them. For the more practical ones, you get to pick up new skills that you can add to your Linkedin or CV!
Bring fulfilment to your life
We hope that we’ve softened your attitude towards volunteering and that you will consider devoting some time to a cause. At the end of the day, all that volunteering requires is patience, energy, time and most importantly, passion. You don’t need fancy computer skills or paper qualification; you just have to be present and that’s good enough.
The benefits of volunteering are endless but perhaps the best thing that it can do for you is that it gives you a sense of fulfilment in life by doing something that helps you contribute back to society. Altruism may not get you paid, but it certainly enriches your life in many other ways. And hey, it makes a great story for your next date!
So stay tuned for next week’s post as we guide you on how to choose a volunteer work that you can stick to if you’re keen on getting started!