Did you know Australians are spending approximately 700 million hours volunteering each year?
That’s a lot of aussies gladly giving up their time to help others. But why?
Recent studies show that volunteering can really benefit an individual. In fact, the University of Sydney state there are 7 surprising benefits of volunteering1.
7 Surprising Benefits:
- Open the door to life satisfaction
- You’ll feel happier
- It’ll make you feel healthier
- You’ll get a ‘helper’s high’
- Feel a sense of belonging
- You can catch feel-good emotions
- Embrace your passions1
So by doing things for others, not only might you feel more satisfied with life, you will be enjoying greater physical and mental health whilst feeling a natural buzz of brain chemicals known as Oxytocin and Vasopressin1. That’s sounds like a win/win situation.
Volunteering is also said to help combat loneliness, social isolation and depression. It can help you share your skills, learn new skills and creates the opportunity to meet new people.3
Statistics from Volunteer Australia show people of all ages make up our nations team of volunteers, with 74% being over the age of 552. Great work retirees! It’s not just men or just women either, both genders are giving up their time in various ways.
Lynne Wills, Anglican Care’s Volunteer Administrator agrees the benefits are powerful. Everyday Lynne hears stories from her valued team of vollies, some describing amazing new friendships, others their new-found sense of community.
“We really do find that our volunteers gain a great sense of meaning and purpose working with our residents and consumers – they genuinely love the opportunity of giving back to the community”, says Lynne.