It may be the healthiest decision you’ve made in awhile.
New research, headed by Dr. Suzanne Richards of the University of Exeter Medical School, suggests that engaging in volunteer work may be the cause of a healthier lifestyle.
We know that volunteering is associated with:
- Lower Levels of Depression
- Increased Life Satisfaction
- Enhanced Well-Being
- Improvements in Mental Health
All these things can also contribute to a longer life.
However, it’s still unsure if volunteering is a cause of these things, but it is certainly associated with each. The research pulled from 40 published papers, and showed that volunteers “had a 20 percent lower risk of death than non-volunteers.”
We still need to consider what kinds of people volunteer, and how that affects the findings. For examples, do the biological and cultural factors that encourage individuals to volunteer may be the same root causes for someone leading a healthier life. Still, give it a shot!
- Popular answers include:
- Giving something back to your community
- Supporting an organization (or charity) that has supported you
- Gain work experience
- Widen your social circle
For the full article from WLOX 13, click here.