I know…I’ve been talking a lot about volunteering lately…but it’s something I’m passionate about…I love to hear volunteer stories when I’m out and about in the shops…
What made them volunteer? Why they chose St Mary’s Hospice? What volunteering means to them?
I’ve been on holiday this week and to help pass the time I’ve been doing a little reading around the subject of volunteering…I found an article on helpguide.org which highlighted an exerpt from Simple Changes, Big Rewards: A Practical, Easy Guide for Healthy, Happy Living, a special health report published by Harvard Health Publications…Volunteering: The happiness effect
‘…they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Science and Medicine. Compared with people who never volunteered, the odds of being “very happy” rose 7% among those who volunteer monthly and 12% for people who volunteer every two to four weeks. Among weekly volunteers, 16% felt very happy’ ( you can access the full article, Volunteering and it’s surprising benefits at http://www.helpguide.org).
Who doesn’t want to be happier? Why aren’t we all volunteering?
If you want to conduct your own research…and find out if volunteering makes you happier…why not volunteer in one of St Mary’s Hospice shops…see what happens!