Written by Samantha Hoang
Image source: Oxfam Australia
1.Charity work feels good!
According to research done by Harvard university, doing charity work increases happiness and happy people give more.
2. Meet new people
Doing charity work allows you to connect with others in the community and allows you to meet people who you’ve never met before. Feeling a little lonely? Do some charity work and get connected.
3. Expand your understanding of the world
It’s a good way for you to broaden your horizon and remind yourself that there are a lot of people worse off that you are. Overall you will feel more grateful for the things you have after doing it.
4. Increases social skills
It’s important to know how to communicate with a not just people within your circle, but people with a range of different backgrounds. For an example people who financially struggling, children who have had difficult childhoods, etc.
This will also help you relate a lot better to a range of people as you progress through life and you never know who you might need some help from in the future. The larger the network the better right?
6. Sense of purpose
You only have one life and spending your life on materialistic things may make you happy for a short period of time, but in the end you will always want more and more materialistic things. Relationships are full of ups and downs, good times and hard times. Your career? Same concept, there will always be peaks and troughs. Giving on the other hand, will always give you a sense of fulfilment.You will always know that you made at least one person in the world’s life better.
7. Advancing your career
Being actively involved in the community will help you build on your leadership skills, which always looks more appealing to companies hiring. It’s also great to put on your resume.
8. Realise that every bit helps!
A common misconception is that to change the world, a whole team of people is needed. In fact it only takes one person to make a change. Even if you change one person’s life, the impact you will have on them is enormous. You have to see it to believe it.