1. 94% of people who volunteered in the past 12 months says it improves their mood.
2. Results from a large, ethnically diverse survey of older adults showed no association of improved health and receiving social support. HOWEVER, the study did conclude that those who GAVE social support had lower rates of mortality than those who did not. These results across the board regardless of socioeconomic status, marital status, age, ethnicity, gender, and education.
3. 78% of people that volunteer say it helps reduce stress levels.
4. Volunteering makes you happier! (from HHP: Helping others kindles happiness, as many studies have demonstrated. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness in a large group of American adults, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Science and Medicine. Compared with people who never volunteered, the odds of being “very happy” rose 7% among those who volunteer monthly and 12% for people who volunteer every two to four weeks. Among weekly volunteers, 16% felt very happy—a hike in happiness comparable to having an income of $75,000–$100,000 versus $20,000, say the researchers. Giving time to religious organizations had the greatest impact.)
5. Volunteering helps advance your career. Many volunteering experiences provide you extensive training. It also lets you dabble in various fields, letting you get to know your own strengths and weaknesses, as well as finding new passions!
6. Volunteering encourages friendship and battle depression while surrounding yourself with people of similar interests.