Have You thought About Volunteering?
I started volunteering at Sacred Heart Mission St Kilda over 3 years ago, and I’m glad I did. Yes, I’m helping people access health services they couldn’t otherwise dream of, not to mention providing a listening ear and a sense of connection, but the experience probably gives me more than I give them.
Here’s a few of the big things volunteering does for me:- provides perspective on what really matters, encourages me to be grateful even when things aren’t quite going as I wish, gives me a window into others’ lives and the courage and resilience they need, provides a sense of connection and community, lifts my mood and energy even when I don’t feel like going.
Sacred Heart Mission, St Kilda provides meals, housing, healthcare (traditional and alternative) for people from 18-80, as well as a women’s shelter. Health care recipients need to be local and pay a small fee for the services they use. The volunteers demonstrate concern in practical ways and provide a compassionate, listening ear which brings hope to many.
Whether it is Sacred Heart Mission, or some other place, I urge you to consider volunteering as one of the most effective ways to increase your gratitude and happiness, both now and throughout the year. Volunteering has been demonstrated to help with depression, anxiety, and general dissatisfaction with life, and it makes a great difference to the lives of those who your services benefit. Whether it’s a soup kitchen, charity shop, or sharing your expertise, please think about where you could serve this year?