If you’re finding yourself in a summer slump, we have just the thing. Volunteer.

Giving back is a great way to be mindful of all you have while taking pleasure in helping others, the environment or some furry friends. Though the benefits of volunteering are countless, here are our top 5 reasons to get out and get involved.

It gets you out of your head.

Yes, we get it. Life is hectic and it may seem like you’re faced with little else but demands on your time. Taking time out of your week or month can help you recalibrate. It’s easy to become consumed by issues at work or things you want to achieve, steering your focus inwards. Volunteering offers a chance to step out of yourself so that you can easily focus outwards and gain perspective.

It offers a sense of purpose.

When you give back, you tap into a higher purpose that offers you a positive and mental boost. That boost comes from knowing how much your time and efforts are needed and appreciated by those benefiting. Putting a smile on a child’s face, playing with a dog that needs a home or cooking food that gets sent to shelters is more satisfying than a paycheck will ever be.

It offers a sense of community.

Volunteering for a cause you’re passionate about will introduce you to those who share your interests and values. This is a great way to connect with others and feel a part of something bigger than yourself.

It’s actually good for your health.

Several studies reveal that those who volunteer have increased health and mental well-being. From lower blood pressure to less depression and increasing your sense of self-worth, regular volunteers were found to have the health of those 5 years younger!

It broadens our understanding of the world around us.

Indeed, it’s comfortable to live in a world made up of things you know and understand. However, volunteering exposes you to other people and situations that broaden your understanding of the world around you. Ultimately, it offers the chance to infer how you relate, allowing you to look at people and their varied circumstances with more understanding and compassion.

Need help finding a good cause? Check out Volunteer Match, an easy way to find great organizations that could use your help today!

Atrium recently partnered with Girl Talk, a non-profit organization dedicated to shaping young women into leaders. Check out the seminar we hosted this summer with a local chapter: