Volunteering makes you healthier and happier

Did you know that the ASID Minnesota chapter currently has over 450 members? That is a good amount of people! And did you know that many of our chapter committees could use a few new volunteers? 

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you! Many notable studies have proven that giving to others and volunteering your time makes you healthier and happier. By measuring hormones and brain activity, researchers have discovered that being helpful to others delivers immense pleasure. Human beings are hard-wired to give to others. The more we give, the happier we feel.  Volunteering can reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated and provide a sense of purpose. And volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of the busy day. The Minnesota Chapter has many committees that have one large event that can be a good amount of work at one given time but certainly could constitute a lighter workload throughout the year.  Several committees have small one-time service opportunities that are quick and fun, yet can have a profound effect on our chapter and the greater community.

Volunteering helps you connect with your peers and strengthen existing relationships by committing to a shared activity. If you are new to the chapter or this area, participating on a committee can help you meet new people, broaden your support network and expose you to individuals with common interests.

If you have any questions or are not sure which committee would be a good fit for you, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with your inquiries. So, connect and volunteer! Not only will you be a better person for it, but you will have a profound effect on this phenomenal organization.

All the best,

Jennifer Austin-McGrath