Have you ever felt as though you have lost your purpose? Or maybe you never found your purpose? Or maybe it doesn’t have anything to do with purpose. Maybe it is just burnout you are currently suffering from? It could even be that you are lost and need a new sense of perspective or feel as though you need to see life through a new lens? You may not be able to put a finger on it right now, but there is one thing that can help answer all of those questions – service.
When I say service, I don’t mean the kind where you expect something in return such as a service business. Instead, think of service as an act of kindness or volunteering. It is more than likely that you are capable of something that can benefit another. If you are able to lend a hand to another in need, why wouldn’t you? Not only does volunteering help others, but it can also help you. Remember those questions about purpose, burnout, or perspective? Volunteering can actually help you to find answers to all of those questions.
Volunteering provides you with an opportunity to put your skills and strengths to use. Given that the opportunities to volunteer are literally limitless, you can choose an activity that directly correlates with your motivations and passion. By choosing the activity that best aligns with your interests, you will find greater benefit in the work you are doing. Through the enjoyment, passion and motivation, you may find a strong sense of meaning and purpose that you may have been lacking or lost somewhere along the way.
Not only can you find your passions and purpose through volunteering, but you may also find that volunteering is good for your mind and body. Volunteering has been said to increase the levels of hormones in the body associated with happiness. Due to increased levels of happiness, volunteering has also been attributed to combating depression as well as stress, anger, and anxiety. Given the connections with others and the social aspect of volunteering, you create a support system as well as the feeling of being wanted or needed by others which can create increased levels of self-esteem and allow for a healthy outlet of other emotions. Volunteering can be a great sense of renewal to combat burnout.
One of the greatest benefits of volunteering includes the perspective you gain. By providing your assistance and services to others, you will gain a new sense of gratitude. You will begin to see just how unfair and unjust the world can be and gain a new appreciation for what you have been blessed with. Sometimes you just need to see life through a new lens to really appreciate the opportunities you have been given and gain a different outlook on the world we live in and truly see the difference you can make.
While you may not have multiple days a week to dedicate to volunteering, you do have something to offer to somebody. It may be as small as proof reading an email or report for a friend, giving someone a ride, or buying a meal for someone in need. It can even be in the form of mentoring some one who often seeks out your help or listening to others when they need a friend. The bottom line is that there are a number of great volunteer programs wherever you live that would benefit from your time and energy, but you can also help others on an individual basis. If you have a gift or a talent or a skill, why wouldn’t you help others in need? Find a way to be of service to another in need.
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