Cure Job Loss Depression by Serving Others

“The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.”   – Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

It may seem counterintuitive to volunteer when you have just lost your own job. You may reason that you need to devote all of your time and energy into securing a new position. However, volunteering can help you during your period of transition personally and professionally.

Losing a job is a very real and serious loss. It is not at all uncommon to go through the same stages of grief that occur after a death. In many ways a job loss is a death, so don’t be surprised if you need to set aside some time to mourn and heal.

Volunteering does not have to be a full time job but spending an hour or two a week focused outward can nourish your soul and help you to feel purposeful. In helping others, you are reminded of your value and gifts. It is also a cure for the isolation and loneliness that can be a very real side effect of losing a job.

Setting aside time to volunteer can also help your search. Your time spent helping others can be an opportunity to leverage your expertise as well as gain valuable new skills that you can use to move your career forward. It can be especially beneficial if a career transition is in your plans.

Lastly, as a volunteer you will expand your network with people you may not have otherwise met. Since networking is key to your search, you may just meet the person who can connect you to your next position.


  • Love that quote. When we help others we take the focus off of what we don’t have and create abundance in someone else’s life.

    A lot of times a person can’t find a new job because of their attitude. Helping someone else will help them improve their outlook. It should also help them be a better candidate for a new job.