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While you help others as a volunteer, volunteering secretly helps you as well. Unlike popular belief, volunteering is a two way street. You are not just a giver but in fact, you take home a lot too. While volunteering can offer essential help to someone less fortunate or to orphaned animals or to societal causes, the help is also there for you, the volunteer. Volunteering can be great for your own well-being. It doesn’t even have to be something continuous or obligatory or contractual. Volunteering in its very essence is all about helping those in need in any big or small way possible. But, what you get in return is invaluable-
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The most direct and obvious way in which volunteering changes your life for good is by initiating positive changes to your mental health. When you work for a cause and feel good about it, the process can significantly help you in reducing stress, making new friends, fighting depression, learning new skills, finding happiness, and so much more. Volunteering and helping will also introduce social contact aspect which will have a deep and meaningful effect on your overall mental health. There have also been several researches to indicate hormonal and brain activity that suggests helping and working for others gives immense joy to any given human being. Volunteering also makes you feel like you are ACTUALLY doing something and boosts your self-confidence.
There are two key benefits of volunteering. One is networking and the other is experience. When you choose to volunteer in your field or area of interest, you will be exposed to a whole new network of people to interact and connect with. And the importance of networking in any career is huge. These new people and contacts will not only teach you new things that you can go ahead and apply in your profession but they can also be instrumental in directly helping you grow. Also, this is no hidden fact that any experience of volunteering looks great on your CV. In fact, volunteering experience is particularly helpful when you have plans of seeking admission outside India.
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Volunteering in general can be great for you and your life. Volunteering makes you feel like you belong to this community. Volunteering makes you a better person and an even better leader. Volunteering can really relaxing and energizing. Volunteering keeps you inspired and motivated. Volunteering secretly teaches you to make your relationships stronger and more meaningful. Volunteering can really bring fulfilment to your life. Volunteering can help you connect with yourself.
Finally, volunteering can give you a brand new perspective. A perspective that will change your life for good!