We all know that volunteering is a good thing to do for our communities and people in need. Did you know that your brain itself actually receives tons of benefits when you volunteer?
Usher Khan is a medical assistant, registered orthopedic tech, and dedicated volunteer. He has taken part in emergency room volunteer work as well as participating in Project Alajuelita. With a background in neuroscience and a passion for volunteering, he shares the top benefits of volunteering for your brain.
- Volunteers actually benefit from an increase in the function of their brains. Staying active and working with others to solve problems helps to keep your mind sharp.
- Helping others increased the amount of dopamine in your brain, which helps to make you feel happy.
- The social interaction a person gets from volunteer work can fight off depression and help you feel more fulfilled in your life.
- Volunteering with people helps open your mind to new perspectives and ideas. Many volunteers also have opportunities to go abroad, which broadens your literal and mental horizons.