We can meet the need for Meaning and Purpose by learning new skills, such as studying a language, an academic subject, obtaining a profession or practising a sport or a craft.”
We can also meet the need for Meaning and Purpose by helping others and feeling that we are connected to something larger than ourselves.
The NHS lists giving to others as one of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing saying that “small acts of kindness towards others, or larger ones like volunteering in your local community, can give you a sense of purpose.”
Giving to others creates positive feelings, gives us a sense of self-worth and helps us to strengthen our relationships with others.
We know that giving to others is a good thing for those whom we help but it is important to recognise the mental health benefits for ourselves when we give. Helping others who are in some ways less fortunate than ourselves gives us a sense of perspective and makes us less likely to allow our own problems to overwhelm us.
Whether as part of an overall Employee Engagement Programme, a targeted Mental Health and Wellbeing Initiative or purely for its own sake, engaging in Community Volunteering Schemes is a hugely valuable and positive course of action for any company committed to the wellbeing of its employees.