Volunteering!

Make a Difference in Other's Lives

You may have heard the old adage, "When you help others, you help yourself". Now there is proven science backing this statement up. New studies have shown that volunteering in your local community can not only boost your mental state, but your physical health as well.

1.) Lowers your blood pressure

A study performed at Carnegie Mellon University showed that adults over the age of 50 who volunteered on a regular basis were less likely to develop high blood pressure than non-volunteers. This statistic may correlate with the fact that many see volunteering as a stress reliever. Participating in a group activity and forming connections with others can help take your mind off worries of everyday life and keep you focused on something more fulfilling.

2.) Increases your lifespan

With low blood pressure and low stress comes a longer lifespan. This is based on a study conducted by researchers at University of Exter Medical School, where volunteers have a 20% lower risk of death than those who do not volunteer.

3.) Keeps you in physical shape

Whether you’re building a house or sorting out food items in a warehouse, volunteering gets you out of the house and back on your feet. It’s no substitute for a session at the gym, but it beats sitting around the office and/or lounging on your couch.

4.) Strengthens your mental health

It’s no secret that helping those in need can make you feel good inside. Giving back to your local community is arguably one of the best ways to combat anxiety and depression. According to United Health Group, 94% of people who volunteered in the last twelve months said that volunteering improved their mood and 96% reported that volunteering enriched their sense of purpose in life. It’s hard to argue with those numbers.

So what are you waiting for? Get out today and start helping in any way you can. Both your community and your health will reap the benefits! Members may use 95210 to easily track their volunteer locations, roles, hours, and experiences while volunteering.

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