Volunteering is good for the world, that’s a given. It also makes you feel good about yourself, we all know that. Not to mention how it’s good for your resume, for networking, blah blah blah. But did you know that it can literally be good for you too? There are actually many proven health benefits to volunteering! Here’s just a few:
- People who volunteer live longer
- Volunteerism leads to an increased sense of purpose, positive social psychological factors like these have been proven to correlate with lower risks of poor physical health.
- People who volunteer have higher functional ability later in life
- Volunteers are less likely to suffer from depression
- People who suffer from chronic pain experience less pain when they begin to volunteer
Multiple studies have shown that helping others can also help you in terms of your mental and physical health. So get out there and start saving the world AND yourself!