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Volunteering is great for your health

Volunteering is great for your health
Issue Time:2018-04-23
Volunteering is great for your health
Doing good is good for you.
Volunteering for two to 2.5 hours each week can be beneficial for your health, a new study suggests.
A study for 2,705 volunteers age 18 and older found that 75 percent of those who volunteered in the past year said it made them feel "physically healthier". And more than one-third (34 percent) of those who volunteered found participating helped them to better manage their chronic illnesses, compared to those who have not volunteered in the past 12 months.
While there is no physical evidence to support the claims in the study, do-gooders self-reported having an overall better quality of life, including a higher capacity to enjoy socializing and developing deeper friendships. The study also noted that volunteers can develop better professional skills and often practiced time management and teamwork better than they did before.
The same study found other mental and emotional benefits to spending your free time helping others: 93 percent of people reported an improved mood; 79 percent reported lower stress levels and 88 percent reported increased self-esteem by giving back.
And there's more evidence to suggest that helping those in need is a smart move. A separate study involving more than 64,000 people age 60 and up from 1998 to 2010 found that volunteering can enhance cognition. Individuals who volunteered 100 hours a year scored about 6 percent higher in cognitive testing, on average than non-volunteers.