The holidays are coming up, and for many people they serve as an annual reminder to do something for the community in which they live, in one way or another. Even the most jaded among us can find the joy in such a thing and can see why it is important, but in case you need a bit more encouragement to take the time to give back, here are some more great reasons!
Why give back?
Helping out those in your community helps to make your town a better place to live for you and everyone else who lives there. But the process of giving – your time, money, or even donations of old clothes – doesn’t just benefit others in need (which is a great reason in itself). It can also benefit you!
- Volunteering your time can give you a new perspective about your community, and it can help you get to know your town and its people better.
- Research has shown that people who volunteer their time are happier and healthier. It can give you a sense of purpose, while also giving you the chance to get to know others who have the same interests that you do.
- You may discover something new that you are passionate about. You may start as a volunteer, but it could turn into a job or a career. And, even if you don’t find a new career, the fact that you have spent time volunteering looks great on a resume (and is a great thing to talk about during a job interview).
- Volunteering can help you to develop new skills, such as leadership, organization, and “people skills.”
Giving to the community you live in or to a cause that you feel strongly about can be an important part of living a happy life. There are so many opportunities to give back that there is almost certainly something out there that you will find interesting and fulfilling – consider giving back year round and not just around the holidays. Wasatch Crest Treatment believes in the power of community and the power of giving! Call Wasatch Crest in Heber, Utah, at (800) 385-3507.