Volunteer Work Can Open Doors

Doctors and psychotherapists have long observed that those who help others tend to enjoy healthier, happier lives.

Often those who have been helped want to do something in return, preferring a hand up, to a hand out. Feeling needed and appreciated, and maintaining their dignity, is important to good physical and mental health.

Experts believe that those who suffer from “the blues” or those who have experienced a life-altering trauma, such as losing a spouse, often benefit from doing volunteer work as much, or more, as those they serve. When we believe that we’re making a difference here on earth, it gives us a purpose for living and sense of satisfaction, which can lead to a longer, more fulfilled life. Studies show the more consistently we do good for others, the happier we become.

When we give to others it activates the release of dopamine, the ‘Feel Good’ hormone, which triggers what is often referred to by psychologists as a “helper’s high”. MRI studies  found that this euphoria reduced chronic pain for several participants. Dopamine also reduces stress levels which has been shown to decrease depression and anxiety, boosting overall well-being and motivating us to do more kind acts, in order to get that “high”. Research revealed that dopamine also plays important roles in sleep, motor activity, and concentration which is important to learning.

Volunteer work can open doors

Although many business executives didn’t go to a private school or have parents who belonged to the country club they realized the importance of strong social connections to their success.  Volunteering in the community is a way to build a solid social network. The  more vast ones network, the more opportunities one has.

Most jobs are never posted to the public. Many companies identify potential job candidates through employee referrals. According to a recent study, referrals are the No. 1 source of new hires. A “social connection” inside a company may be in a position to make a recommendation for a job that is never advertised.

Companies encourage employees’ passion to make a difference in the community. Applicants who are heavily invested in the community bring much more to a company than just their credentials and education.  Aware that volunteer work can provide invaluable skills and knowledge HR Managers often look closely at it on an applicants resume.

Whether on the ascent up the corporate ladder or already sitting at the top, one is always part of a team. Business leaders who volunteer in the community often take notice of “team members” who show leadership potential.

In October, millions of volunteers across the nation will unite on National Make A Difference Day,  the largest single-day of volunteering in the country. That link will tell about the $10,000 prize you can win for the non-profit you choose.

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4 Responses to Volunteer Work Can Open Doors

  1. P.S. says:

    See what Mike Rowe has about jobs HERE on his facebook page

    Mike Rowe-Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs ..Somebody’s Got to do it What would civilization look like without people who do the dirty jobs? Mike wants to bridge the gap between 600,000 unfilled skilled trades jobs and unemployed Americans through his campaign, Profoundly Disconnected. mikerowWORKS foundation gives scholarships to students in trade schools. He funds it partly by auctioning souvenirs from Dirty Jobs.

    John Ratzenberger (who played Cliff Calvin on Cheers) produced the Travel Channel series “Made in America,” highlighting U.S.-made goods and workers which led the way for a new series of Dirty Jobs(with Mike Rowe) , Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers to celebrate the work ethic that built America.

    Ratzenberger is raising awareness for the trades and skilled workers in the US. He says that today nobody is being taught how to use simple tools, hammers and screwdrivers. “Instead they are going to college to get degrees and can’t get a job, although there are plenty of jobs out there. Manufacturers today say high school kids can’t even read a ruler. We need to teach the skills. How are they going to build airplanes, build homes, or even perform simple household repairs?”

    Passionate about how important it is for America to recognize the need for, and to provide the training to produce skilled laborers, Ratzenberger is in pre-production on a new television series to awaken Americans to the shortage of skilled workers that threatens our country as a whole. Read all: http://ratzenberger.com/meet-john-ratzenberger http://ratzenberger.com/contact

  2. Davina says:

    Lending a hand after hours may make your day job more enjoyable. Re searchers from the University of Konstanz in Germany studied more than 100 people who worked 5 days a week and also volunteered for about 7 hours weekly. They learned that work felt less burdensome the day after a volunteeer stint–even if the unpaid duties, like fire and rescue work , weren’t very relaxing. The study suggests that if yu really want to shed job stress, vegging out may not be the best way to do it, says lead author Eva J. Mojza, PhD. Challenging extracurricular activities will yank your attention away from the demands of your career and send you back to work with the satisfactoon of a job well done. -Reader’s Digest June 2010

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