Everyone will tell you that volunteering is good for you – makes you feel good that you’ve helped someone. But, according to a Prevention Magazine, volunteering is actually good for your brain!
What does volunteering do? It:
- Challenges you to get intellectually engaged. When you volunteer you may find yourself in a new situation with new challenges, or at least ones you don’t get at home or on the job. For example, if you don’t work with horses on a daily basis you will probably finding yourself trying to think of new ways to get that horse to move over or explain to a youngster how to steer the horse.
- Keeps your brain skills sharp. Volunteering can offer you a chance to give our brains a work out. Volunteering at our horse facility can require that you pay attention, as you learn new skills that pertain to horses and the riders.
- Keeps you socially engaged. Volunteering gives you an opportunity to connect with others. You will meet new friends who are here for the same purpose – helping our riders. Some great and lasting friendships have been found in a horse barn.
- Makes you feel good. Helping others is good for our soul and you feel it most when the rider gets off the horse and gives you a big smile and hug.
So if you are looking for ways to help your brain, consider volunteering. Pretty Pony Pastures can use volunteers for its therapeutic riding program on Sunday afternoon, Monday and Thursday evening. No experience needed.