Volunteering is one of those wonderful acts that appears to be all about giving to others (and it does)—but that, often surprisingly, contains as many or more gifts for the person doing the volunteering.
When you volunteer, you add new people to your circle of acquaintances and friends. Every person has a story, so you are exposed to so many more narratives, each one with something to teach the rest of us, it seems. You also often learn new skills and hone some you may not have used for years. What you do may seem small but it can be significant in impact for others.
Volunteering often helps you develop a deeper appreciation for all you have in life. That's always a good thing. It's easy to take for granted all the gifts and blessings we have in life, and we each need reminders from time to time that not everyone enjoys those same blessings and privileges. It grants a different perspective and can help you notice small things and those moments that bring joy.
There is nothing like the deep satisfaction and fulfillment you feel when you know you're being of service to others. You have made a difference, and that feels great, doesn't it?