HELPING OTHERS IS GOOD FOR YOU
WE are fortunate to have more than 600,000 volunteers in WA and without their support, our communities would grind to a halt.
They provide vital services that support our disadvantaged, aged and disabled, they assist with conservation and environmental projects, animal welfare and arts, and the list goes on.
We often focus on what volunteers are giving to the community.
Interestingly, they too are enjoying some wonderful benefits from their contributions.
This week is National Mental Health Week (October 8-15) and a great time to consider the factual evidence that proves volunteering is good for both mental and physical wellbeing.
To reap the health benefits, people do not need to commit to days of volunteering.
Just a few hours makes a difference in happiness and mood, with volunteering resulting in a “helper’s high”, a powerful physical and emotional feeling experienced when directly helping others.
Volunteering WA thanks our wonderful volunteers and encourages everyone to volunteer for the betterment of their health.
There are thousands of ways to follow your volunteering passion listed at www.volunteeringwa.org.au, so during National Mental Health Week, get out and experience a “helper’s high”, the most natural way in the world to feel good.
TINA WILLIAMS, Chief executive, Volunteering WA.