Why you should volunteer if you want more happiness

Why you should volunteer if you want more happiness

by Dr Tim Sharp (aka Dr Happy)

I’ve been so privileged to have been able to earn a good living doing something I love and something fulfilling.

Having worked as a therapist, coach, consultant and in various ways … a helper has, for several decades now been incredibly satisfying.

But to be perfectly honest, probably the most satisfying and pleasurable roles I’ve ever had has been one of my current ones; as Chief Happiness Officer at batyr.

As some of you may well know, batyr is a youth mental health organisation dedicated to smashing the stigma associated with mental ill-health. Although I’m passionate about the cause, the satisfaction I get comes at least partially from knowing that I’m doing some good and receiving nothing in return. Well, nothing tangible, anyway…

…because in reality I get LOTS in return. I feel part of something important, I have an opportunity to contribute, I gain an enormous sense of meaning and purpose and I have found new friends and a new tribe!

And this is in now way surprising. Numerous research studies have found that volunteering is good for our mental and physical health. In fact, THIS article nicely sums up 6 ways our health improves when we give our time and/or experience to others.

There are all sorts of ways we can give to others; we can give money or time, expertise or skills. It doesn’t really matter but in short … in giving we receive!

…So that’s today’s mailing. Take some time to reflect upon the message and how it might apply to you. Check out, also, the links below for some additional readings and resources.

I hope it helps you enjoy some more happiness. Until next time…

Keep well & keep smiling
Tim Sharp (aka Dr Happy)