For this week’s celebration of National Volunteer Week, writer Steve Salt has thought provoking ideas to share. He describes the heartwarming experience of a volunteer helper during the Depression and elaborates on the theme this way:
“Love and its manifestations of giving, kindness, and compassion have long marked the best of human nature. Whatever impels someone to give of himself even when he has little to offer has pulled many individuals through difficult times.
“Scientific investigation on the effects of love in our lives has uncovered some interesting findings. The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, founded at Case Western Reserve University, has been looking into the subject. Part of its mission statement includes answering the question: Does the sincere love of neighbor contribute to the happiness and health of both those who give it and those who receive it?
“Check these stats from the 2010 Do Good Live Well Survey, released by United Healthcare and VolunteerMatch:
• 68% of those who volunteered in the last year reported volunteering made them feel physically healthier
• 89% reported “volunteering has improved my sense of well-being”
• 92% agreed that volunteering enriched their sense of purpose in life”
If you’d like to learn more of the Depression volunteer, and the spiritual riches that come your way when you volunteer to do good, Read More here.