Although this blog deals primarily with aviation and the industry, I feel that it is important to discuss philanthropy and how we can help our better man.

Good cheer and overall kindness are both hallmarks of the holiday season. One of the reasons this particular time of year is so special? The spirit of giving reigns supreme. If you are looking for a way to give back to your community and capture the essence of yuletide, consider volunteering at a local soup kitchen.

Charitable contribution can take the form of time and giving yours to those in need is a great way to help a neighbor in need. However, there may also be benefits for you! Here are three reasons helping out at a soup kitchen during the holidays is a priceless gift for everyone.

Feelings that Frown Turned Upside Down

During a time of year where many people battle depression and feel increasing anxiety, giving to others can boost those blues. Volunteerism has positive psychological attributes, serving as a natural deterrent to feeling down. So, in light of helping others, you end up also helping yourself.

Service Gives Purpose

Everyone needs a purpose at some point in their lives. Helping serve meals during the holidays helps establish that sense. Knowing what needs to be done, and that it has a beneficial outcome, is a way of centering oneself. It gives you a definitive path toward being. Even if it is for a few hours or days, it is still a purpose – and something that never hurts to have.

Networking Pays Off In More Ways Than One

Giving your time to a worthy cause can give your personal and professional image a boost. You could work side by side with someone that may consider or refer you for a coveted job in the future. You could serve someone a meal that may be down on their luck, but remember your kindness when their back on their feet and your down on your luck. You could set an amazing example of kindness just by giving, inspiring those around you to do the same. Networking isn’t just about climbing professional ladders. It’s also about passing the good vibes onto someone else.

While there are many ways to volunteer and help others, the holiday season centers around gathering together to share a good meal. Soup kitchens are a perfect spot to do both. Yet, the benefits that you can give and receive will last far beyond the holidays. So, give it some thought. Spread the cheer and feel the love.