Helping others is an obvious benefit of volunteering and one that is impressive all by itself. But you may not realize that the benefits of volunteering go far beyond what you can do for others. When you make an effort to give back to your community, it has positive effects on your health and well-being.
Volunteering Helps Others and You
Some benefits of volunteering may seem obvious. Indeed, we know volunteering helps others. But there are other rewards you may not think about or may not become clear to you until long after years of service.
Research over the past two decades shows a relationship between volunteering and better health. People who volunteer have a greater functional ability, lower rates of depression and lower mortality rates compared to those who don’t volunteer. Older volunteers are more likely to get the most benefits from volunteering.
People who volunteer have:
- Higher levels of happiness
- Stronger self-esteem
- Greater satisfaction with their lives
- A sense of control over their lives
- Less stress
- More energy
Volunteering Health Perks
In addition, volunteering keeps you physically active, socially connected and mentally stimulated. It can add meaning to your life and may even improve your health.
Make a Difference
Ready to volunteer and help yourself and others? These programs are available to help our patients. You can get involved today.
- Connect you to others
- Develop new skills
- Boost your spirits
- Keep your mind sharp
- Increase self-confidence
- Improve sleep
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Lower blood pressure
- You don’t need any special skills or experience to volunteer. Just find something you’re enthusiastic about doing and bring along a positive attitude. You’ll be helping others while also doing something good for yourself.
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