The value of feeling that we matter and make a difference should not be downplayed. Even if our careers and family life do not give us a sense of making a difference there are opportunities and great causes in our local area that will help us experience that feeling again.
National Volunteer Week (21- 27 May 2018) has just passed. It was a week-long celebration to acknowledge the 6 million Australians who give of their time and skills to help others.
Volunteering has been shown to have many positive benefits that go beyond mental and social health. A growing body of evidence suggests that people who give their time to others might also be rewarded with better physical health—including lower blood pressure, reduced stress and a longer lifespan.
Volunteering regularly for the right reason, to help others, rather than for some personal gain was a key ingredient that research has shown helps us to reap the full health benefits.
Just a few hours each month could change your life, and the lives of others. Do yourself a favour contact some local charities you admire and ask how you can help.
Visit Volunteering Qld to find other opportunities to volunteer in your area.