Volunteering is in a decade-long decline in the United States. The population volunteering has decreased by four percent from 2005 to 2015. Four percent would look like a few percentages that do not have a critical impact on the whole volunteerism in the United States. Unfortunately, four percent is 13 million fewer people volunteering while adding on average eight people to every single nonprofit. In other words, nonprofits cannot run as effectively as a decade ago, and we cannot realize the national ideal that everyone in the U.S. does not live under poor conditions but live with others helping out one another.
To avoid these unfortunate results, the first thing to do is to change the motivation to volunteer. In volunteerism, when you are willing to help out others, you should have motivations to keep you volunteering regularly. So an approach that you should be doing this because it is the right thing to do might not be the most effective approach.
To take a more efficient approach to volunteer, you should take a new approach that you should participate in volunteering for yourself. It does not mean that you should be correctly self-serving. However, by using a more selfish approach to your volunteer experience, you could volunteer in a more effective way in which benefits you a lot.
When you put efforts into service that you get involved in, you can get health benefits out of volunteering. A United Health/Volunteer Match (UHVM) study found that volunteering positively influences people’s perceptions of physical and emotional health. Volunteering helps counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety because a meaningful connection to another person can have a profound impact on your overall psychological well-being.
Also, it combats depression. The regular contact aspect of helping and working with others can help you develop a stable support system, which in turn protects you against depression. In physical health, those who volunteer are less likely to develop high blood pressure, find it easier to deal with everyday tasks, and have better-thinking skills. Additionally, the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) determined that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not. These benefits ultimately make you happier. These positive proofs that have something to do with health would be already well-known in the world by the social media.