Special bonds develop among people who volunteer together, so it stands to reason that lending a helping hand could enhance your love life. Now there’s data to back it up. Adults surveyed by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society said that volunteering expanded their social circles, enhanced relationships, encouraged physical activity and even improved their love life. Giving and Getting Back: Volunteering in America reports that 10 percent of those surveyed said that volunteering led to a romantic relationship and of those, six percent ended in marriage.
The survey also found that more than 80 percent of volunteers say that their relationship improved when they volunteered with their mate. Nearly 90 percent of those who have volunteered in the past year said it has been good for their social life. Male millennials (ages 18-34) in particular feel that volunteering provides social benefits. Learn more about the survey’s findings, including how volunteering can boost careers and improve physical health.
Heart of Florida United Way has long recognized the value of volunteer connections with its annual “Share the Love” event on or around Valentine’s Day. Orlando-area volunteers will help alleviate hunger and homelessness by sorting food donations, organizing food pantries, and cooking and serving meals to clients at the local shelter.
So instead of buying chocolates and roses, bring joy into people’s lives this Valentine’s Day by volunteering. It is a great way to share and receive love, on Valentine’s Day, and any day.