Charitable work implies altruism. Volunteering is a fantastic way to get involved in a cause that’s important to you and that you’re passionate about, but did you know there are significant mental health benefits to it too?Below, we’ll go through some a couple of these benefits: 1. It reduces your risk of loneliness and isolation Did you know that over a fifth of the UK population have admitted to feeling lonely? That number is likely to rise after what’s gone on over the past 12-18 months. Volunteering helps reduce your feelings of loneliness and isolation, irrespective of how much time to give. When you’re contributing to a cause that’s larger than yourself you’ll bond with people who have a similar view, and that healthy connection will give you a great sense of belonging. 2. It improves your gratitude When you’re involved in charity work it helps to ignite the passion inside you for giving, and to recognise what we’re grateful for in our lives. We’ll see just how lucky we are, and that the small issues that we’re experiencing are exactly that; small. 3. Gives our self-esteem a boost We’re all unique, and that’s what makes every single one of us amazing. However, many can’t accept or embrace their uniqueness, and that’s a real shame. If others haven’t valued your work, skills, or presence in the past, that doesn’t mean that you should belittle that worth yourself. Go and listen to Sunscreen by Baz Luhrman, it’ll help you think differently. Charity work boosts confidence, skills, knowledge, and your own sense of worth, and prepares you for an even brighter future. 4. Gives you a sense of purpose We’ve spoken about loneliness, isolation, gratitude, and self-esteem already, but charity work gives you a greater sense of purpose, too. Charity work shows you just how much the world really needs you, and that those around you appreciate you. 5. It might reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s Too many people in the world suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. A number of studies have shown that charity work improves the elasticity of the brain because volunteering imposes social connections and frequent communication. When you’re with amazing people giving your time, you’ll be giving your brain a training session, too. A bonus point, charity work fulfils your engrained need to contribute and help others. Every time that you do something which helps someone at a time of need, it’ll boost your own happiness, too. This is because giving gives you a dopamine hit, so the more you give, the happier you’ll feel. There are so many ways to give, whether it be through time or money, and you do whatever you’re most comfortable with. Written by Everyday Juice Limited.