For most of us working is what we do and we tend to do it too much of the time. The 40 hour work week is a myth. Most of us are working closer to 50 or 60 hours. It can be hard to find time for anything else like giving back to our communities.
Giving back and volunteering in your community is something to consider as a way to relieve stress and it benefits your community. It’s amazing what giving a few hours to something or someone can do for you. It makes you feel happier and increases your self-confidence. There have been studies to prove this happiness effect. The London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and found the more people volunteered, the happier they were.
Additional benefits are, you might make some new friends, learn a new skill or even advance your career. You just never know what can happen from giving a few hours of your time each month.
Pictured: Penny our office mascot is a regular volunteer with Adrienne. Here’s she’s participating in a reading program at one of the Clearwater libraries. The two also visit an assisted living community every Friday at lunchtime.
How do you decide where to volunteer? For me it was easy, I had a beautiful sweet golden retriever and she became the perfect therapy dog.
The choices for you are are endless – find something that interest you: schools, senior centers, community centers, museums, theaters, libraries, animal shelters and rescue organizations, service organizations, places of worship, veteran and military organizations just to name a few. In addition, there are online sites that can match your interests to an organization.
If you love it, you will keep going back! So get out and see how you can help in your community. It will make you happy.