New Year’s Resolutions

As a new year begins and everyone around us is reinventing themselves or declaring 2019 the year they finally start exercising regularly, I urge you to commit to a resolution that not only helps our community, but your own well-being: Volunteering. And while volunteering is seen as primarily a service to others, there are a magnitude of intrinsic benefits for individuals doing this type of community outreach. According to Joanne Fritz’s 2018 article “15 Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering That Will Inspire You,” volunteering not only increases your sense of community, it also combats loneliness, improves overall health, and aids in future goals and career opportunities. More specifically, spending your excess time volunteering:

• Builds Community
• Ends Loneliness
• Increases Socializing
• Promotes Longevity
• Reduces Risk of Alzheimer’s
• Leads to Graceful Aging
• Burns Stubborn Belly Fat
• Improves Self-Esteem
• Builds Bonds, Creates Friends
• Develops Emotional Stability
• Helps Those Most Affected By Mental Illness
• Improves School and College Experience
• Provides Better Job Prospects
• Develops Corporate Communities
• Adds Fun to Your Years

We hope to see you all in 2019 serving your community, not only for our benefit, but for yours too!

Work Cited
J. F. (2018, July 3). 15 Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering That Will Inspire You: Volunteer for Others But Also for Yourself [Web log post]. Retrieved November 25, 2018.