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Volunteering. According to Wikipedia, volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial or social gain “to benefit another person, group or organization”. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development and is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served.
That’s the first time we talk about this subject in our English Bites. Before I start, I’d like to ask you one thing: Have you ever volunteered before? Are you now a volunteer somewhere? When we think about it, the first thing we think is: Oh, I don’t have time. And I really believe you don’t. But I do believe that when we want to do something or when we want to make something happen, we don’t even consider we don’t have time and do you know why? Because we make time for that. We’re super busy with things that are not apparently interesting or that won’t give us any immediate benefit so yeah, we’re busy. But at the second that a friend, a coworker, some relative invites us to do something we want, something that we’d say “I deserve it” so yeah, we magically find some time for that thing that wasn’t in our schedule.
Yep, I’m sending this message to you guys but I’m the one writing, reviewing, correcting, recording, editing and sending. So, this message is even more to me than anyone else. I’m not gonna be a hypocrite saying that I’ve never thought or even said “I don’t have time” but that’s a lie. But I’m gonna tell you that all those times that I gave my time in benefit of those who are in need, were the best ones ever. If you, for any reason think that you’re not gonna have any benefit helping others, you’re so damn wrong! If you have already volunteered before so you know what I’m saying. Do you wanna know what we get when we volunteer? Alright, let’s go:
Yep, the first thing is gratitude. No matter where you choose to volunteer your time and energy, there always seems to be a moment of pause, when you stop and think to yourself how thankful you are for all you have. When presented with situations where people live with less, from kids in an orphanage to help the homeless, it becomes apparent just how lucky we really are.
Have you ever felt like you’re surrounded by thousands of people, but still feel alone? As humans, we often live alone in our minds and whatever reality we choose to create for ourselves. Even in today’s technology world, we may be ‘connecting’ online, but seeing one another through a computer screen is not the same as sitting eye to eye with another human, we often lack the feelings of true connection.
Volunteering fosters the feeling of connection. When a group of people gathers with one mission in mind, there tends to be a deep-rooted feeling of connectedness. The quality of the relationships we build is one of the most crucial factors in our long-term health and happiness. Working on a team with one common goal is an opportunity to connect, engage and do good together.
Volunteering also provides a sense of value. You matter. What you do matters, and how you choose to give back matters. Even the smallest act of kindness affects someone’s life in the largest of ways. By taking out a puppy for a walk or teaching English as a second language, you are offering the greatest gift you can give – kindness and caring – and there is nothing more fulfilling than that.
Volunteering is all about doing good and what’s more, people who freely donate their time and energy to others enjoy positive physical and mental effects.
And there’s more… volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. Volunteering and helping others can help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in even simple ways can help others those in need and improve your health and happiness.
I’m preparing another episode where I’ll talk about all the volunteer works I’ve been involved so far and I would really love to know about you all. And if you haven’t done it yet, let me know if this English Bite motivated you to do so. I wanna know more from you alright?
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