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Volunteering – What’s All the Hype About?

Why Are So Many People Interested in Volunteering?

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There are many rewards attached to volunteering. Helping others and feeling good are two that first come to mind.

If you are someone who has spent many hours volunteering, you may not understand why there are people who don’t get involved. Conversely, if you are someone who has never volunteered, you probably don’t get what the hype is all about.

The Good News…

The good news is that we have seen an increase in volunteering over the past few years. This increase may be due to the state of world today where everyone is feeling a bit more frightened and anxious about the future or it may be due to the lack of jobs available and people are looking for productive ways to spend their time. Feeling powerless over our lives and our world causes people to experience a great deal of negative energy; but if we are able to reclaim some of our power by finding ways in which we can help to make things better, we will gain a sense of empowerment that will make our lives happier and more meaningful. Changing our perspective on ourselves and the world can help us discover new ways in which to make ourselves feel better by taking action and helping others.

Happiness Comes From Helping Others...

We often think that volunteering takes a certain kind of person; but the truth is that people who volunteer their time actually feel better about life and humanity. They have learned that the secret of happiness is appreciating what you have and sharing it with others. Happiness is a mind set. There is no better activity in creating happiness than going out and finding a cause where you can make a difference. You may decide to help only one person through mentoring and providing a social support system or you may make a decision to travel to Africa and assist in the prevention of AIDS. It really doesn’t matter what you do – the only thing that is important is that you become proactive and take some kind of action.

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