3 Ways You Benefit From Volunteering

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According to researchers from Harvard Business School, ?Happier people give more and giving makes people happier, such that happiness and giving may operate in a positive feedback loop.?

In other words, giving can be addicting.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of charities and nonprofit organizations in the United States. People all over the country know the personal benefits of giving. Let?s take a look at three of the best reasons to donate or volunteer.

  1. Raise Awareness

    When you volunteer or make charitable donations to organizations that help military families and veterans, you can spread the word to your close friends and family. Those around you may not be aware of the hardships suffered by the brave veterans in their own community. You have the power to change their perceptions and open up their eyes to so many different issues that deserve attention.
  2. Meet New People

    Volunteering provides the unique opportunity to unite with others towards a common goal. When you helping families in need or raising funds to support veterans, you will meet other people who have similar beliefs and values. While doing good for the community, you can also expand your social network and develop strong bonds with people you may never have met otherwise.
  3. Boost Happiness and Self Worth

    Believe it or not, giving can feel a whole lot better than getting. Just the simple act of helping another person can give you a sense of purpose and satisfaction. When you do something worthwhile, like volunteering or donating, it?s truly a win-win situation. Those who participate in charities and volunteer work are typically happier than those who do not. Feeling like you have a higher purpose is one of the best ways to obtain and sustain happiness.

As many as 70% of Americans donate in some form every year, and it?s easy to see why. By donating or volunteering to those less fortunate than yourself, you can educate the public, expand your social circle, and improve your own sense of well being and purpose in the world.

Help military families and veterans today. Look for a nonprofit organization in your local area or donate online.