Today is Volunteer Recognition Day so we take a look at how volunteering can help not only those who benefit from people giving up their free time but also your relationship too. 

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It gives you something to talk about- Especially if you both volunteer somewhere different. It gives you the opportunity to talk about something new- what you did, the people you met, the way it made you feel. All are great conversation starters if your dialogue is getting a bit samey.

It gives you well-needed time away from each other- Rather than just migrating to opposite ends of the house- it gets you out and about to do your own thing, which is essential in every relationship.

It can help to relax you- If you do something that is far removed from your 9-5 job- it can help you to leave work behind and wind down- thus making you better company when you see your partner again.

You can make a difference to the lives of others- And seeing what small acts can do might encourage you to make little changes at home once you've seen the huge impact they can have.

It can put things into perspective- If you're unknowingly going through an ungrateful phase in your relationship - the people you come into contact with and the situations you might find yourself in could help you think differently about what you have at home.

Enhance your CV- If you're looking to create a better life for you and your partner by polishing up your CV, this could lead to a new job and a better wage so you have more security at home.

Gain confidence and self-esteem- If you're a shy person- even with your partner- some volunteer work might not only make you more outgoing with others but with your significant other too so you can be completely yourself with them.

Create better habits- If your volunteer work is related to the environment- it might encourage you and your partner to be more conscious of your current habits that are contributing to wider negative issues.

It can demonstrate solidarity for your partner- If someone in their family was affected by an illness that you're now helping to raise money or awareness for- it shows that their loss affected you too and you want to do something about it.

You can teach your partner something new- If your volunteer role is offering you lots of new information- your partner might find it interesting to learn along with you so it's worth sharing what you find out along the way as they could pick up a little something too.

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They love it when plans fall through- If someone cancels last minute or the weather is too extreme- you can literally see the joy in their face because they don’t have to get dressed and be sociable...

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