Volunteering and its benefits

Posted on 13/09/2019 by Nishant Gupta

Capitalize your spare time by doing something meaningful like working for animal welfare that brings them great benefits.

What fascinates you when you are free?

What fascinates or excites you when you are free? Watching television, going out with friends, spending time with family, sleeping or relaxing at home, cooking, vacationing and more would be some of the most monotonous replies one can hear when asked about this question. 

However, some people want to capitalize their spare time by doing something meaningful that brings them significant benefits. Volunteering is one such activity which provides people a lot of benefits that are not only important for their inner-self but also their professional life. It is an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no ‘financial’ gains. People volunteer for a variety of reasons.

For some, it is fun, whereas, for some, it is an obligation to discharge their moral duties. Some see it as an opportunity to enhance their professional skills, whereas some see it as a medium to make new connections and friends.

Exciting Benefits as per American business magazine Forbes

Here are some exciting things to know why volunteering is suitable for people who want to volunteer to do something meaningful in their life, including budding volunteers. According to the famous American business magazine Forbes, following are some of the exciting benefits you can have when you volunteer.

  1. Volunteering time makes you feel like you have even more time. The research has found that those who volunteer their time feel like they have more of it. The findings also stated that giving your time to others can make you feel more ‘time affluent’ and those who donate to charity feel ‘wealthier.’
  2. Volunteering your skills helps you develop new skills. Skills-based volunteering helps you to improve your teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, and people skills and develop other talents to help you get ahead in your career.
  3. Volunteering your body helps you have a healthier body. Many studies have found that volunteering leads to better health. When you stop thinking about your problems and focus on doing constructive, your stress level starts to decrease, the immune system gets strengthened, and the overall satisfaction level increases. People who volunteer have lower mortality rates and have greater functional ability later in life than those who don’t volunteer. 
  4. Volunteering your experience helps build your experience. Volunteering in a new field (NGO or an industry) helps you to develop new knowledge and switch fields when needed. It helps you to create a positive impression, makes you more innovative, creative, and gives you a range of useful experience to acquire new positions of your interest. The British Council also released one study centered entirely on how the international experiences benefit individuals and employers.
  5. Volunteering your love makes you feel more love. Admittedly, love is a hard thing to measure. But when researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were. It also builds empathy, strengthens social bonds, and makes you smile – all factors that increase the feeling of love.

Besides these benefits, volunteering opportunities provides you a real-world experience, makes you to be the part of an impact or change, encourages you to give back to a cause you believe in, helps you to empower others, make real connections and friends, become part of a community, gain a whole new perspective and many more.

If you have the passion and want to be part of the change, feel free to write us on info@worldanimalprotection.org.in

We, at World Animal Protection, are looking for interested people who can volunteer to be the voice of animals in creating a better world for them.