Five ways volunteering makes you happy

Did you know that volunteering for a great cause like the Heart Foundation can increase your happiness? Doing good, quite simply, makes you feel good.

volunteering makes you happy

Don’t just take it from us though. Studies and research into volunteering have proved it. But in case you were wondering, here are some of the ways being a volunteer makes you happy. 

Why should I volunteer?

1. You’re making a difference

As much as we love our planet, it can be easy to feel weighed down by the world’s problems. But feeling helpless, makes us feel worse. Volunteering puts you back in control because you’re actively making a positive difference in the world. No matter how big or small, that’s awesome.

When our volunteers shake a bucket on the street and collect funds that go towards research into heart disease prevention and treatment, they are helping save lives. No wonder volunteers feel good.

2. Volunteering is universal

Ever get the feeling you’re part of something ‘big’ when you volunteer? That’s because you are! Volunteering happens all over the world. Think about that. Thousands of people spend their time trying to make things better for other people. If that doesn’t warm your heart who knows what will.

3. It makes you feel healthier

Lots of organisations rely on volunteers to get up and get active. Whether that’s collecting donations for the Heart Foundation street collection in town, or building a new school for a community – you’re out and about.

There are many benefits to being active, it’s good for your physical and mental health. In fact, 76% of people that volunteered in the last 12 months, said they felt healthier as a result.

volunteering makes you feel happy

4. You get to be social

Having a sense of belonging and good relationships is one of the key things for making you feel happy.

So how does volunteering help with this? The more you voluntary work you do, the more people you’ll get to meet. Giving you the perfect chance to meet like-minded friends.

5. You gain a sense of purpose

Many volunteers say that they feel a greater sense of purpose. It’s easy to see why. From giving back to a community, to spending your time doing something productive, and learning new skills. There are so many ways that volunteering can help with this.

Why does this matter? Because having a sense of purpose, is important for our wellbeing. 

How can I volunteer?

We’re asking Kiwis to kick start their happy New Year by volunteering to help stop New Zealand’s single biggest killer, heart disease. With more than 6,000 of us dying of the disease each year more life-saving funds are urgently needed.

We invite you to hit the nation’s streets and shake a bucket in your local community for our Big Heart Appeal street collection. Register online now.

References

2011 State of the World's Volunteerism Report

United Health Group Health and Volunteering Study

Volunteer at our Big Heart Appeal