Giving back and volunteering is a fantastic way to support and care for your community. But it’s also good for you, too. In addition to helping with your career, finding your next job, and make new connections, volunteering is important for about your physical and mental health too. Studies have shown that altruism and selflessness contribute to greater physical well-being. We’ve highlighted five key benefits below as examples, check them out!
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Improve Overall Physical Health
If you have a chronic health condition, doctors often tell you to get moving and find more reasons to be on your feet or connecting with other people. Studies have found that volunteering reduces symptoms of heart disease and chronic pain, among other ailments. You're rarely in one place for too long when you volunteer. It always keeps you moving and meeting new people.
By savoring your time spent in service to others, you’ll feel a sense of meaning and appreciation—both given and received—which can be calming.
Both physically and mentally! A study released by Johns Hopkins University in 2009 revealed that volunteers actually increased their brain functioning. Volunteer activities get you moving and thinking at the same time.
Increase Your Lifespan
We’re still searching for the fountain of youth, but in the meantime, volunteers have been shown to live longer, healthier lives. People who volunteered seemed to have lower mortality rates than individuals who did not volunteer. Studies have found that thanks to the physical quality of life improvements and the psychological benefits volunteers are healthier overall and less prone to chronic stress.
Decrease Risk of Depression
Volunteering with and for others increases social interaction and helps build a support system based on common commitment and interests—both of which have been shown to decrease depression.
Volunteering may not pay money, but if the greatest wealth is health, volunteering may be the most rewarding job of all!