Caring can come in many different forms, such as displaying kindness towards others, sharing with others, being polite by saying “please” and “thank-you”, being sensitive to other’s feelings, showing compassion to those less fortunate, and forgiving someone who has done you wrong. One of the biggest reasons being caring is so important is that it gives us the ability to help others and understand when others are in need. Whether it’s volunteering at a local charity or showing empathy towards a friend who’s going through a tough time, being caring allows us to make a positive difference in another person’s life. It’s important to remember that being caring doesn’t always come naturally to everyone. In fact, in order for someone to develop a truly caring nature, they need to be taught and nurtured from a very young age.
Feeling Good – Caring for others provides benefits that most people often don’t experience at their day jobs. We all have a desire to feel needed and the role of caregiver does that, which is a great feeling. It also gives a greater meaning and purpose to our lives, helping us to refocus on the more important things in life – our relationships with the people we care about.
If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.” — Kofi Annan
Feeling a Sense of Accomplishment – Taking care of someone else presents unique challenges and obstacles to overcome. Dealing with the difficult scenarios care giving presents can be stressful, but working through the tough times can be very rewarding. No one ever thinks of helping others and bringing joy to their lives as a waste of time.
Feeling loved and building strong Relationships – Caring for others helps to develop empathy and the ability to connect with people, even in difficult times. For adolescents, family care giving has been found to increase sibling activity/sharing, which is its own challenge altogether. The act of caring for another is so powerful because it creates deeper bonds as individuals lean on each other for emotional support.
Feeling valued and experiencing personal growth – Volunteers gain a variety of skills from their experiences. Taking care of someone else forces us to learn about the proper ways to do something, whether it’s preparing finances, or planning for the future. It also teaches important virtues such as patience, understanding and loyalty that benefit individuals in both their personal and professional lives.
While the task of volunteer presents many challenges, it’s clear that, with the right attitude, the benefits heavily outweigh any negatives. Volunteering presents a special opportunity to gain intangible benefits that last a lifetime. So the next time you start thinking about all the stressful aspects of being a volunteer, try to focus instead on all the amazing things you gain from it too. Good Neighbor Alliance is always looking for volunteers to help us with our mission. If you would like to be part of the VIP program here at GNS, please contact our Volutneer Coordiantor at firstname.lastname@example.org,