Helping others feels good
When you help others, it promotes positive physiological changes in the brain associated with happiness. These chemicals are often followed by longer periods of calm and can eventually lead to better wellbeing. Helping others improves social support, encourages us to lead a more physically active lifestyle, distracts us from our own problems, allows us to engage in a meaningful activity and improves our self-esteem and competence.
Volunteering brings a sense of belonging
Being a part of a social network leads us to a feeling of belonging to something good, something bigger than just ourselves. Volunteering helps us feel like we belong and helps us meet like-minded people who care about the world (this too feels good to know)
It helps to keep things in perspective
Many people don’t realise the impact that a different perspective can have on their outlook on life. Helping others, especially those who are less fortunate than yourself, can provide a real sense of perspective and make you realise how lucky you are, enabling you to stop focusing on what you feel you are missing - helping you to achieve a more positive outlook on the things that may be causing you stress.
It helps make the world a happier place – and that is contagious!
Acts of kindness have the potential to make the world a happier place. An act of kindness can improve confidence, control, happiness and optimism.It can also encourage others to repeat the good deed that they’ve experienced themselves – it contributes to a more positive community.
The more you do for others, the more you do for yourself
Evidence shows that the benefits of helping others can last long after the act itself by providing a ‘kindness bank’ of memories that can be drawn upon in the future.
Physical benefits of volunteering on the workforce (It keeps your staff healthy):
- It reduces stress
- Doing things for others helps maintain good health.
- Positive emotions reduce stress and boost our immune system, and in turn can protect us against disease.
- It helps get rid of negative feelings
- Negative emotions such as anger, aggression or hostility have a negative impact on our mind and body.
- Engaging in acts of kindness can help decrease these feelings and stabilise our overall health.
- It can help us live longer
- Giving and helping others may increase how long we live. Happier people live longer. Studies of older people show that those who give support to others live longer than those who don’t.
Corporate Volunteering benefits people of all ages through increasing feelings of self-esteem, respect, motivation and well-being. CMPP offers companies and organisations the opportunity to deliver a fantastic cost effective volunteering and wellbeing programme for staff who want to volunteer and give back to their local community.
How can we help?
If you are interested in our corporate volunteering programme, then please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. We work with companies of all sizes and natures to help you roll out an effective and diverse programme of volunteering in the community that supports the wellbeing of your workforce.