Helping others makes us happy

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 October, 2007, 12:00am

I was a volunteer at a fund-raising event organised by Red Cross recently.

We set up a counter to sell teddy bears. Some people bought them immediately, while others did so after we told them how they could help the needy.

It is beneficial to be a volunteer. Taking part in charity work can help me to relax and be happy. I really enjoy what I do.

It's time for you to do things that you cannot do in school.

Victor Cheng, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Victor. I am happy to hear that you've been doing voluntary work - and enjoying it. When we do voluntary work, we are helping others - often reaching out to a section of the community that is not usually part of our world.

The often unexpected bonus to helping others is that it makes us feel good. As you say, you feel relaxed and happy, and a big part of that is knowing that you are helping others. You feel good about yourself.

While school - both academic lessons and the activities around it - form the core of your learning and development, it's also good to supplement that knowledge. Voluntary work is a great way of experiencing new things, meeting new people - and helping others.

Kate, Editor