Now that you’re retired, you can finally do all the things you didn’t have time for when you were busy with a career. But once you’ve scheduled time for traveling, taking up a long-desired hobby or just spending more time with the grand kids, you may still find there’s a bit of a void to fill. Many seniors choose to use the extra time they have to volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community, but it also offers you many personal benefits. Here are five reasons to do some good deeds.
Volunteering Makes Your Community Stronger
Committing to volunteer, especially in the areas of health, education and the environment, will help make your neighborhood stronger, more positive and more cohesive. By spending time with other volunteers and with the people you help, you will be a part of transcending ethnic, class, and geographic lines which often divide communities.
Volunteering Connects You with People
By volunteering you’ll be around folks of all ages and will have the opportunity to share stories and impart life lessons you’ve learned along the way. As a senior you have a lot of experience and wisdom to offer young people! And younger generations can also teach you a thing or two about how to look at life from a fresh, modern perspective. Connecting with people from different generations is a great way to build connections and respect. Being around young people is also great way to keep you feeling young.
Volunteering Promotes Physical Activity
The National Institute on Aging has stated that participating in meaningful social activities, like volunteering, can improve longevity and your quality of life. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to get out and move your body consistently. As you get older, physical activity becomes very important to help keep yourself healthy.
Volunteering Improves Your Mental Health
Many retirees often feel a lack of social companionship after leaving their jobs and co-workers, and can be prone to depression. Getting out of the house and socializing is always a good idea no matter what your age, but for the retiree it can be critical. The specific act of volunteering not only offers a return to social interactions with others, it gives you a sense of purpose. Helping others will do wonders for your emotional well-being and offers you a positive way to meet new people and build new relationships. Volunteering isn’t just good for your body, it’s good for your mind!
Volunteering Leaves a Lasting Impression
As a volunteer, the good deeds you do may inspire your children, grandchildren, friends and others in your community to give back, even after you’re gone. It’s a fine legacy to have and a great way to be remembered.
If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities, there are many resources available to help match you to a good cause in your area. Visit a site like VolunteerMatch.org to get started!