Nov 12 2019 Emily Barron Blog Workplace Culture Give Back This Holiday Season As we round out the final quarter of another successful year, I am reminded of all the stresses that come with the holidays. Slowing down, reflecting, giving back, and showing gratitude are some of my favorite tools for relieving that stress. As I take a moment to reflect and show gratitude, I’m especially thankful for Centro’s philanthropic organization, The Giving Tree. The Giving Tree is our outlet for encouraging corporate social responsibility among our employees, and we have been hard at work all year long. Our goal is to partner with a diverse group of charities to drive positive change where we live and work. We’ve made an impact with various organizations across the country, including Rosie’s Place, Volunteers of America, Girls on the Run, Habitat for Humanity, and The Birthday Party Project. Did you know that volunteering is good for the soul? Here are four ways volunteering or giving back can improve your work and life: 1. Volunteering helps mitigate depression and anxiety. The social connection that comes along with helping others has a profound effect on our overall psychological well-being. Formal research has shown that volunteering results in lower rates of depression, especially in people 65 years of age and older. 2. Volunteering makes you happy. By measuring hormones and brain activity, researchers have found that volunteering is correlated with better mental and physical health. Human beings are hard-wired to give to others—the more we give, the happier we feel! 3. Volunteering increases self-confidence. There is a natural sense of accomplishment that comes with helping your community. The better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals. Surveys have confirmed that volunteering is correlated with greater self-esteem and life satisfaction. 4. Volunteering provides a sense of purpose. According to Project Helping, 96% of people say that volunteering enriches their sense of purpose. Whatever your age or life situation, volunteering can help take your mind off your own worries, keep you mentally stimulated, and add more zest to your life. There’s still plenty of time to make an impact before the end of the year! Don’t forget that it’s far better to give than to receive this holiday season. Learn more about the Centro Giving Tree here.