Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, and it also has many surprising benefits for the volunteer. Helping others can help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated and give you a sense of purpose.

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.

Doing community service projects as a family is a great way to bond and grow together. Many times you can learn new skills while volunteering. It can also be an experience you won’t forget, and is great way to teach children to be thankful for what they have. It has been shown that volunteers tend to have a more positive attitude and feel more loving after helping others. This is great for family bonding. Check out Generation On for some ideas.

Volunteer opportunities come in many different forms, from helping dogs at a local shelter, to reading to children to building a house with a group like Habitat for Humanity. And if you’re looking to make a bigger difference, there’s a new trend in taking a volunteer vacation.

Volunteer vacations can take you to destinations around the world and allow you to incorporate giving back while spending time with your loved ones. Without the daily stress of life as you know it, a service vacation gives your family the opportunity to focus on one another and the project itself.

Visit the GVI site for some volunteer vacation ideas and more information.

Sources http://www.helpguide.org/articles/work-career/volunteering-and-its-surprising-benefits.htm




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