Pros And Disadvantages Of Volunteering

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Volunteering can play a major role in ones health and happiness. It doesn’t have to take much time nor effort in order to leave an impact on someone by either helping them out or even volunteering. However you want to do it, there are many different ways to go about it. Early in the chapter Svoboda mentioned herself getting involved in a mentoring program with at-risk children. The time spent with a child can have great affects on not only them, but you as well. Svoboda states “a mental shift that had a way of putting my other work and life concerns in perspective” (91). No one knows exactly what someone is going through or what he or she has been through, so having the ability for them to open up and share their story with someone who cares …show more content…
Otherwise known as “Helper Therapy”. “In the 1960s, the social psychologist Frank Riessman noticed that in self-help groups, people seemed to derive substantial benefit from providing support to others in the group” (Svoboda 94). Studies show that Helper Therapy can increase someone’s physical qualities and characteristics. Having an individual who understands your situation because of maybe having been in their shoes before, could help guide that person in ways that of a bystander who may know nothing about the situation or haven’t had an experience in the subject of the …show more content…
Social ties meaning having or had the same connection with an individual. An Alcoholics Anonymous survey found that members who were helping other addicts by providing them with emotional and moral support were less likely to have relapsed a year after their initial treatment. “Nearly 9 in 10 stated that volunteering improved their sense of well-being, while a sizable majority reported that it lowered their stress levels and enhanced their sense of purpose in life” (Svoboda 96). Just talking to someone in general about everyday life on a content basis and having the social connectivity between I feel could have an impact on someone. The biggest mood boost is when a good deed has been preformed. It creates relationships with other individuals and “leads to lasting satisfaction” (Svoboda 98). The act of kindness can build a relationship and lines of connection. Having that connection with an individual or carrying out an unselfish act can lead to building relationships, boost spirits, and an overall well being. There’s a greater amount of satisfaction received speaking to a group rather than donating money. Knowing that time and dedication has been put forth, rather than taking a couple of minutes to donate money, can have greater

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