Top reasons for volunteering and giving back
There are many reasons why you should give back to your community and society in general. It could be that you want to volunteer because it feels great doing so, but often it’s more than just that, a merging of various factors that ultimately help both the self and others. The Super Dentists co-founder and proponent of charity work, Dr. Kami Hoss shares some of the best reasons we should begin this kind, profound gesture.
Firstly, volunteering and giving back help enhance your community and improve the quality of life therein. From helping the sick and the elderly and reading to children at the public library to helping in cleaning drives and fundraising campaigns, you ultimately make your communities a more vibrant and healthier place to work, play, and live in.
Giving back likewise helps you see things in a new light, adds Dr. Kami Hoss. Life isn’t always peachy; you need to gain new perspectives. And immersing yourself in community work alleviates your problems and helps you feel better, even as you start to understand that there are others who may be worse off than you are. Alongside this, you begin to make a concrete, tangible impact on others’ lives. In other words, helping make a difference is rewarding to both the people you aid and yourself.
Speaking of aiding oneself, volunteer work likewise makes you physically and psychologically healthier. Various studies have shown that giving back and helping others immensely improves your fitness and well-being, helping reduce anxiety and stress as well as better manage different chronic health problems, says Dr. Kami Hoss.
Giving back allows you to get in touch with other like-minded individuals, people who share your newfound passion for charity work. It widens your networks and allows you to also meet the people you share your community with. This is the building block of lasting friendships, ones that you may not develop in your normal daily routines at work.
Your community will surely benefit from the talents and experience that you share. It’s best to not just limit the value of your expertise to the work setting; others in the community will appreciate the particular skill set you can offer. Moreover, even as you share your knowledge with others and further hone our skills, you, in turn, learn something new from the expertise of fellow volunteers, enthused Dr. Kami Hoss. Indeed, the learning experience never ceases.
Finally, aside from allowing for a boost in your self-esteem and a better sense of self-worth, giving back and volunteering aid you in developing your leadership potential. Very few activities can help you develop this trait of taking the lead and being empowered to do so than by being a man or woman for others, adds Dr. Kami Hoss.
Dr. Kami Hoss co-founded The Super Dentists with his business partner and wife, Dr. Nazli Keri. He has spent the past 20 years applying his visionary leadership and entrepreneurial drive in achieving exceptional revenue growth and business development in real estate, farming, and dentistry. More reads on the value of volunteerism here.