Helping others can help you to find your place in the world. Volunteerism builds self-esteem, and can make you feel that you are doing your part to make the world a better place – and the truth is you probably are.
To all those who may think there is something inherently wrong to volunteering for some kind of personal gain, many psychologists argue that there is no such thing as true altruism, and every human action is driven by some kind of motivation. But more importantly, what is the harm?
Who is hurt by the person that gives to a cause or a charity because they know they will get something out of it? The charity? Certainly not, they need as many good volunteers as they can get. In fact, many psychologists who study empathy and altruism – suggest that if charitable organizations can learn more about the why people give back – and can address more of those motivations – it will only help them gain and keep more good volunteers.