Volunteering can be very fulfilling—you are performing a much needed service, and filling a need like that can be very satisfying. You can get a lot out of it, such as:
• Volunteering can lead to learning new skills, all the while contributing to the pool of benefits that we all derive from society.
• Volunteering can give you great perspective and help you to be more sympathetic to and understanding about the world around you (this can help you deal with stress and problems in your own life).
• Volunteering can be very social, providing you with the opportunity to meet new people and breaks down barriers, and even make contacts that could help you in your personal or business life.
• Volunteering can be creative! You can take a volunteer vacation or make your wedding a volunteer occasion.
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|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|