Invoke your spirit of volunteerism and add fun ways to stay mentally sharp as you age
Sylvanus A. Ayeni, M.D.
While the actions of volunteers by and large do benefit the recipient(s), volunteerism also fosters wellness and wellbeing of the volunteer. Most of us, at some stage in our lives during and beyond adolescence, would probably think about the idea of volunteering for a good cause. The spirit of volunteerism, I believe is innate in all human beings, though it may be dormant in some people for varying lengths of time throughout their lives. There has been a plethora of research into various aspects of volunteerism. These aspects include motivation and its driving forces, commitment, altruism, the opportunity for social interactions and possible health benefits.
About the author:
Sylvanus Ayeni is a retired neurosurgeon in the USA. He is President and Founder of Pan Africa Children Advocacy Watch, PACAW Inc. a non-profit organization involved in the education of children in Africa. He has been involved in development issues in Sub-Saharan Africa in the education and healthcare sectors for many years.
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