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Volunteering Is Good for the Soul

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b2ap3_thumbnail_United-Way-of-Rock-River-Valley_Volunteering-Is-Good-for-The-Soul_Image-1.jpgWhen people think of self-improvement and making life changes, things like improving your career, reevaluating your exercise patterns and health, working on your sleep habits, and setting goals often come to mind. However, an important consideration and life-changing endeavor that often gets overlooked is volunteering. Read on as we explain the benefits of volunteering and why you should consider volunteering in your community.

It Makes You Happier

Studies have shown that people who volunteer on a regular basis have an increased sense of purpose as well as increased life satisfaction compared to those who don’t engage in volunteering activities. What does that mean? If you volunteer, you will be happier and more fulfilled!

When your focus is on others rather than solely on yourself something magical happens. Suddenly, your problems seem smaller, life seems better, and the negativity that once plagued you seems to have no further place in your life.

It Improves Your Health

In addition to your mental health and satisfaction, volunteering can actually improve your physical health. Studies have also indicated that people who volunteer live longer and enjoy improved health and decreased chronic pain. Volunteering really does warm the soul, and the body reaps all kinds of benefits as a result.

It Benefits Everyone

While reaping all the benefits of volunteering, you can also feel good about the fact that you are truly making a difference. Even if your efforts seem small, even a small act of kindness can make a major difference in the life of someone in need.

United Way of Rock River Valley offers opportunities to get involved and make a difference in your own life and in the lives of others. If you are looking for volunteering opportunities in Rockford area, there are many options available for getting involved in community service. Visit www.unitedwayrrv.org/take-action to learn more about taking action and finding something that works with your schedule, your interests, and your talents.

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