For me, one of the best feelings in the world is helping. Whether it’s hosting an event to provide awareness for a cause, or volunteering at the local Meals on Wheels; lending a helping hand always feels good! In a recent article in my magazine Start Healthy, Alexa Bricker noted that there is 3 scientifically proven reason that volunteering keeps us healthy, I’ll highlight them below. I’ll also provide some local resources if you’re so inspired to give back.
Adults who volunteer have been shown to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and to have an overall lower risk for heart disease and stroke.
Anxiety & Depression
The feel-good chemicals that your brain releases when giving back can help boost your mood. Plus, the oxytocin that is released helps to create feelings of bonding and belonging that are important for good mental health.
Giving back has been linked to a lower mortality rate among adults, especially older adults, who can feel a sense of purpose from giving back or volunteering their time. A study from the Corporation for National and Community Service showed that seniors who volunteered were 88 percent less likely to feel isolated, and 84 percent had stable or improved health.
Now that you know the science behind giving back, below are some great, local resources to help you get started:
Curious about the Start Healthy magazine? Just send me an email, and I’ll make sure you’re on next month’s mailing it! Be well, and do good.