Learn How Volunteering Can Improve Your Mental Health

People volunteer for many reasons – some choose to donate their time by giving back to their community or helping a worthy cause. While most people know that volunteering can advance their careers by allowing them to gain experience and build their resumes, what they may not know is that volunteering is also associated with having health benefits for the volunteers themselves.

At the American Children’s Society, Inc., we are always looking for volunteers to help with our fight against childhood cancer. Here are a few ways volunteering can benefit your health:

Increases Happiness

Saying that volunteering increases happiness may sound strange at first, but when you think about it, it’s not a strange correlation at all. When we use our free time to help make other people’s lives better, we tend to feel good about ourselves. That good feeling you get when you help someone is due to the dopamine levels in your brain increasing.

Improves Self-Confidence

Donating your time to helping others can give you a boost of confidence. Knowing that others appreciate you and everything you do for them is one of the best feelings in the world. Volunteering allows those who lack a sense of purpose and self-worth to see that they are valued in this world.

Decreases Stress, Anxiety, and the Risk Of Depression

Volunteering helps those who are struggling with stress, anxiety, or depression by giving them access to a support system. When you volunteer, you get to build strong social connections with people who share a common interest with you. Building these social bonds gives you access to a network of friends who can act as a support system for when you’re feeling low.

How To Get Involved

At The American Children’s Society Inc., we’re always looking for supporters in our fight against childhood cancer. Whether it’s through donations, sponsorships, or volunteering, every act of kindness means the world to the children and families we serve. If you don’t have enough spare time to volunteer, our auto donation program is another way you can get involved and give back. You can donate a car in Trenton, NJ to help underprivileged families who are in need of a means for transportation.

We are the best place to donate a car. For more information on our auto donation program, contact us at 866-275-8170.