Why is Volunteering Good for Your Health?

“Sharing means Caring.”  Research proves now that sharing your time on some consistent level, with others for a good cause can and will improve your overall happiness and mental well-being.  It turns out that Baby Boomers in particular give more total dollars to charities than any other generation.  New studies have recently confirmed that there are great health benefits to giving back.  Many surveys of volunteering adults, have found out that the overwhelming number of participants reported feeling mentally, emotionally and physically healthier after a volunteered experience.  For your information 76% of volunteers who volunteered in the last twelve months said that volunteering has made them feel healthier; 94% of volunteers who volunteered in the last twelve months said that volunteering has greatly improved their mood and self-esteem; 78% of volunteers said that volunteering has significantly lowered their stress levels; 96% of volunteers reported that volunteering has wonderfully enriched their sense of purpose in life; 80% of volunteers said they feel like they have better control over their health; About a quarter of volunteers have reported that their volunteer work has helped them manage a chronic illness by keeping them active and taking their minds off of their own problems; Volunteers have a better personal scores than the non-volunteers on a nine well-established measures of emotional wellbeing including personal independence, capacity for rich interpersonal relationships and overall satisfaction with life.

For those of us who have spent time giving back to the community or helping further a cause we believe in, you might recognize many of the above findings to be correct.  It doesn’t seem far-fetched to think that helping others can provide you with a sense of connection, pride, and perspective.  But did you know that it can also help you live longer it can enable you to have a better sense of community by working closely with neighbors and friends and it helps to build a strong community bond and pride.

Analyzed data from published studies have found evidence that volunteers had a 20 percent lower risk of death than their peers who do not volunteer and further, its been found that volunteers even had lower levels of depression, increased life satisfaction and a greater enhanced well-being.

The challenge now is to do something for yourself, because Sharing is Caring and do what’s good for your Soul and it’s called VOLUNTEERING.

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