JAYHAWK PHARMACY BLOG

5 Benefits of Volunteering

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger
Volunteering offers several benefits to your health, including higher self-esteem and reducing stress.

Volunteering offers several benefits to your health, including higher self-esteem and reducing stress.

 

April 12-18 is National Volunteer Week, and Jayhawk Pharmacy is celebrating! National Volunteer Week began in 1974 as a means of honoring ordinary people who do amazing things with their time and generous service. Not only does volunteering help our neighbors and communities, but it can improve the health and wellbeing of the volunteer, as well! Here’s how:

  1. Volunteering boosts your self-esteem and self-worth. Choosing to help others without expecting a reward makes us feel good about ourselves, whether we are shown direct appreciation or not.
  2. Volunteering can help improve your physical well-being. The social interaction that occurs while volunteering can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. It can also increase the feel-good chemicals in your brain, called “endorphins,” and boost your immune system.
  3. Volunteering can fight off stress and illness. Socializing with new people and discovering new skills are great for the mind as well as the body. Social connections are priceless.
  4. Volunteering is beneficial to both the giver and the receiver. Often times the person who offers their time feels like they receive more benefit than the person they helped!
  5. Volunteering can help you live better and longer. The sense of purpose and positive interactions you develop with people greatly contribute to the benefits.

 

If you think that you can’t volunteer because of age or physical limitations, think again! Many communities offer programs that are designed to give senior citizens opportunities to volunteer. You can sort canned goods, read to children at your local library, answer phones, greet visitors … the opportunities are actually endless!

Jayhawk Pharmacy wants to say a big “thank you” this week to all of the volunteers out there for your service and generosity. If you are a volunteer, we appreciate you! And, as always, if the team at Jayhawk can be of any assistance, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 785-228-9700.

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