I was shocked when I heard from a friend that Cristiano Ronaldo, being a philanthropist and a blood donor, decided never to have a tattoo. It is not because he doesn’t want to, but because he is a regular blood donor and blood donors are not allowed to have tattoos. What strikes me most of all is the fact that he sacrifices this much, being just a volunteer, to give so much back to his society.
Sometimes, we might just need to give back to our society by doing things for free. It might not always be money, it could be our time, or even ourselves (like Ronaldo). Whichever way, giving back is always beneficial and not just to the recipients.
Here are some good reasons to volunteer
1) You acquire new skills
Doing a volunteer job or giving your time to helping and making an impact in the society gives you interesting and challenging opportunities or experiences that could be added to your resume. That newly acquired skill could be what you future employer might be looking for.
2) It increases your self esteem
Doing things for others gives you an increased sense of self-esteem and greater self-worth. Knowing that you are doing something for someone who cannot do it for themselves definitely makes you feel good about yourself.
3) Increased socialization
Volunteering helps you meet and interact with more people thereby improving your inter-personal skills. It also eliminates boredom and loneliness.
4) It could facilitate self-discovery
Volunteering is a great way to find out what you enjoy doing and what you don’t. If you are confused in making a career choice, you can volunteer in that field first to see if it’s something you like.
5) It creates a sense of belonging or purpose.
Feeling needed and appreciated are important, and you may not get that feeling from your paid employment. Volunteer jobs make you realize how truly needed you are. Like I said in (2), doing something for someone that they cannot do for themselves makes you feel good and gives you a sense of belonging and satisfaction.
Volunteering is one way to improve your social and emotional life. In some cases it can even create or steer your career life.
So what do you think? I am sure you feel inspired to ‘give back’ and offer some free services?