American cultural anthropologist known for her political passion and female perseverance, Margaret Mead, once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” People who recognize the power of action and taking a stance are the ones that actually do change the world. And that’s why it’s important to recognize the power of volunteering for charity. Plus, not only do you help those in need through volunteer work, but it is scientifically proven to have benefits toward your health and outlook on the world. Here are just a few of the many reasons why giving back is good for you generated from Babble.com’s article:
First, volunteering alleviates depression and increases life satisfaction. People who volunteer throughout their lives, even if it’s from random acts of kindness and not through a large organization, are proven to have a more positive overall well-being than those who do not. According to Babble.com, “Kindness is good for your heart, both figuratively and literally. Older adults who volunteer have lower blood pressure than those who do not volunteer,” (Babble, 6 Reasons Why Giving Back is Good for You). Because cardiovascular disease is currently the number one cause of death, it is important you take care of your heart health from a young age. And what better way to do that than helping those in need in your local community and around the world. In addition, “Research shows that teens who volunteer even just one hour per week can have lower levels of inflammation, lower cholesterol, and lower BMIs than those who do not volunteer,” (Babble, 6 Reasons Why Giving Back is Good for You).
Next, you will be a great role model for children and influence them to be kind to others and make good choices. Children who see adults volunteering and being kind are inspired to do the same, and in doing so feel more accepted by their peers. Especially because bullying is a large problem in school districts, “Being kind to others can have a cyclical effect in that those who are kind are less likely to be bullies, and those who are kind (and therefore more accepted) are le
ss likely to be bullied,” (Babble, 6 Reasons Why Giving Back is Good for You). In essence, children who have positive mentors in their lives will want to act the same way, and in doing so generosity becomes contagious and indirectly correlates to having less bullies in schools.
Lastly, when you make a difference is somebody else’s life, especially if it is a direct donation or through an acquaintance, you feel good. Whether you have a friend who’s mother is battling cancer, or you once struggled to pay rent – making a donation or volunteering for causes that directly affect you, or that you are passionate towards, is even more rewarding than just anonymously donating to a cause you have no affiliation with.
So make a difference in the world – give back (it’s good for you).