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How Volunteering Boosts Your Overall Health

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Research states that volunteering can improve your physical and mental health!

Research states that volunteering can improve your physical and mental health!

Volunteering is beneficial for both the heart and the mind as it has the ability to augment your physical, psychological and emotional health.

It will enhance your self-esteem. Volunteering helps to boost your self-confidence and your self esteem. What’s more is that doing something for others just out of kindness, gifts you with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Furthermore, research indicates when the all the aforementioned affects of volunteering are put together; it tends to have a health-boosting impact on the volunteer. This is because all the above affects induce happiness and peace, both of which are known to dispel stress.

Volunteering shuns away depression. A few reasons for depression are isolation, lack of accomplishment and lack of purpose. Volunteering helps to combat all of these factors like for instance volunteering provides one a socializing platform where one gets to meet other volunteers and build a long-lasting support system. Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose, that being helping others. Once you are done with the helping part, you feel like you’ve accomplished something meaningful and gracious.

It has shown to reduce risk of diseases. Researchers state that individuals who volunteer live a longer life than those who don’t as volunteering can reduce susceptibility to heart conditions and other chronic diseases.

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