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Another Benefit of Serving Others: Increased Self-Esteem! January 25, 2013

Filed under: Volunteer — seattleworks @ 3:27 pm

Who doesn’t want a higher level of self-esteem?  Here’s an easy way to up it: volunteering!

We found this article featuring a Q&A with a former executive from Disney/ABC Television who left his job to do 30 service projects in 30 days with 30 different organizations.  He found an unexpected result of doing this (among other things), was a better view of himself.


“…as I progressed through my month of serving others, my self-image began to transform. My feelings of doubt and insecurity were being replaced with feelings of being valued, needed and respected. I was reminded of just how much I have to offer others. It was truly a transformative process in terms of self-esteem, something I initially didn’t realize I needed and certainly never anticipated. I feel as if I discovered a secret path to positive self-esteem. – Brad Jamison


He also shares three tips to help anyone get the most out of any service project:

1. Be present.

Essentially block out the rest of what you have going on in your life while you’re at the project. Turn off your phone, or whatever else you have, and pay attention to what’s happening around you.

2. Check your ego.

Brad mentions that serving is “not about you” and he argues that service is a great equalizer.  Meaning no matter what you do in life, your age, skills, or anything else – you are equally as valuable at the service project as the person next to you.

3. Do what’s asked.

Have an open mind and follow the directions that are given to you, even if you’ve never done it before.  Every task that you’re being ask to do needs to be done – so get to it, and feel free to smile while you do so. Every bit of effort counts!

So do you agree? Do you think that by volunteering at projects that you have (or will have) a higher self-esteem?


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One Response to “Another Benefit of Serving Others: Increased Self-Esteem!”

  1. handsonmaui Says:

    Reblogged this on HandsOn Maui Blog and commented:
    Great reminders of how volunteering can lift you up, boost confidence, and help others at the same time. Aloha

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