How Volunteering Increases Self-Confidence

Peter Eckerline

January 19, 2023

Volunteering is a good way to increase your self-confidence. Not only do you give back to the community, but you also get to learn a lot about yourself. In addition to raising your self-esteem, you’ll find that volunteering is a great way to boost your mental health and enhance your ability to do your job. When choosing a volunteer opportunity, consider your skills and what you enjoy. Then, consider your time and energy commitment. For example, you may not be willing to volunteer with an organization that requires a lot of responsibility. In that case, you might consider giving back to the community through volunteer work with the elderly or children.

Helping strangers raise self-confidence

No question that helping others helps you feel good. It can also help you improve your own life and, in doing so, make you a better person overall. You may even meet other like-minded folks who share your values.

Taking care of your health is a great way to boost your self-esteem. For instance, limit junk food and saturated fats. If you are a parent, you can encourage your kid to get more exercise. Likewise, a small smile can go a long way.

A more practical and measurable way to boost self-confidence is by giving back to your community. Volunteering to clean up your neighborhood or at your local park can give you a sense of purpose and fresh air. Doing the same for your classmates can have a similar impact. Studies have found that 55 percent of adolescents enjoy volunteering. That is the highest number reported by any survey.

Employer encouragement 

Volunteering is beneficial to an individual’s physical and mental well-being. It increases self-confidence, reduces stress, and improves problem-solving skills. However, research on the effects of volunteering on job performance has been largely debated. The present study sought to answer these questions. In particular, it examined the effect of self-esteem, employer encouragement, and the characteristics of volunteers on job performance.

A sample of 366 healthcare volunteers in Malaysia was administered a questionnaire. They completed a set of 10 skill improvement items, and their responses were rated. Study participants ranged in age from 22 to 63 years, and their average work experience was 12 years and 11 months.

Using structural equation modeling, the authors investigated the relationships between the self-esteem of volunteers, their job performance, and the demographic characteristics of their employers. Their results demonstrated a significant correlation between self-confidence and job performance.

Further, the study examined the relationship between self-esteem and the number of pre-volunteering preparation courses. Specifically, it was shown that the number of pre-volunteering prep courses was correlated with the self-reported improvements in ten work-related skills.

Mental health benefits

Volunteering is a great way to improve your mental health. It can lower stress, decrease depression, increase self-esteem, and create a new sense of purpose. In addition, volunteering may also boost your physical health. Research suggests that giving can strengthen the immune system and reduce the risk of illness and death.

Giving to others improves your mental health and enhances your social life. When you volunteer, you can meet people from diverse backgrounds and learn more about the world. This can help you build relationships with other adults and children.

A study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies found that volunteering has many mental health benefits. The authors analyzed data from nearly 70,000 individuals to see how volunteering affects them. Although researchers have not determined how or why volunteerism affects mental health, studies show that it does. One study found that volunteers were 20% less likely to die over the next 20 years.

Identifying your goals

Volunteering can be a great way to meet new people and develop new skills. It can also boost your self-confidence and give you a sense of pride. You may also meet someone who becomes a mentor to help you with your career. Volunteers reported a higher level of well-being, including less stress, better sleep, and greater self-confidence. They also reported lower levels of depression and anxiety. 

If you are interested in advocating for a cause, you can pick up valuable communication and marketing skills. This will help you in your professional life as well. While you are volunteering, you may also make new friends. You can introduce yourself to the people you are volunteering with. Ask them about their experiences with outside jobs.