All across the world millions of people are in need of help from others. They need people to help provide money, food, time, or care. This need could be on a smaller scale even with something as simple as the need to have someone being nice. When people help any person in the community no matter how small or whether they are with a group or not, it is community service. Community service is not all about the large organizations running operations, but instead is about the volunteers and those who need the help. Community service will help both the intended receiver and those who are volunteering because it has been proven that giving time, effort, or material goods to others contributes to happiness. This free service done by regular people helps non profits by allowing the money earned to go to those in need rather than those who are running the project. The morale of whole communities has also been seen to increase with heavy local community service.
Connection to Happiness
According to Howard C. Cutler's The Art of Happiness, when people see people that are in a worse position than themselves, they become more satisfied in life (23). This held to be true on multiple levels of life from those already down seeing someone even lower or someone high up noticing someone else high up but not as progressed. Action for Happiness also asserts that studies have shown that giving to others increases happiness more than receiving a gift from others despite the size of the gift. The group says that “...participants who were given $5 or $20 to spend on others or donate to charity experienced greater happiness than people given the same amount to spend on themselves. Interestingly the amount of money did not affect the level of happiness generated.” The group also goes on to declare that giving to others can activate the pleasure centers of a persons brain just as much and sometimes more than other things associated with happiness. According to Encyclopedia Britannica 's “Mental Hygiene” article, the United Nations even holds people's mental health as a high priority, so this happiness is important.
Meredith Maran, author of “The Activism Cure” found in MORE Magazine, has found that those who help others will increase in happiness and overall health, despite any major events or minor events. Charles Oberweiser stated that community service can generate friendships between all those working together and those being helped, which will create happiness for all of those involved. Being thanked for performing a service will almost always increase the happiness of the person being thanked. This means that if a person volunteers more than people are more likely to thank them and increase the volunteers' overall happiness. “Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction” (Saisan et al).
Areas with good living standards tend to be those which have a lot of volunteer work, according to Society Guardian's ...