Q: Why should you volunteer?
A: Volunteers live longer and are healthier.
Studies find that volunteers are happier and healthier than non-volunteers. In fact, during later life, volunteering is even more beneficial for one’s health than exercising and eating well. Older people who volunteer remain physically functional longer, have more robust psychological well-being, and live longer.
Volunteering establishes strong relationships.
Working alongside people who support a particular cause creates a path to developing relationships with others. And volunteering alongside family members strengthens those bonds. Kids who volunteer with their parents are likely to become adults who volunteer.
Volunteering is good for your career.
The relationships people create while volunteering can sometimes improve job satisfaction when they provide access to new information and opportunities. Volunteering has long been viewed as a way to create new connections that lead to career opportunities.