Give happy, live happy … National Volunteer Week 2017

National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.

Churches of Christ in Queensland recognises this national celebration as our primary event for publicly thanking our amazing team of more than 1600 volunteers.

The national theme for the third year running is Give Happy Live Happy. This reflects research showing that volunteers are happier, healthier and even sleep better than those who don’t volunteer.

Volunteering Australia has provided the following list of facts about volunteering and happiness:

  • Sustained volunteering is associated with better mental health
  • A strong correlation exists between the well-being, happiness, health and longevity of people who are emotionally kind and compassionate in  their charitable helping activities
  • The experience of helping others provides meaning, a sense of self-worth, a social role and health enhancement
  • Altruistic emotions and behaviours are associated with greater wellbeing, health and longevity
  • Volunteering is highly associated with greater health and happiness
  • Volunteers are happier, healthier and sleep better than those who don’t volunteer – doctors should recommend it
  • 95% of volunteers say that volunteering is related to feeling of wellbeing
  • Volunteering results in “helper’s high”, a powerful physical and emotional feeling experienced when directly helping others
  • Just a few hours of volunteer work makes a difference in happiness and mood
  • 96% of volunteers say that it “makes people happier”

So we take this week to say thank you to all of our wonderful happy volunteers! If you would like to join in this joyful, healthy movement, find out more today.

Posted May 8, 2017 in Our blog