The Health Benefits of Giving Back

In recent years, I have found great purpose in giving back to a host of organizations that support, nurture and keep afloat other families in our community.  When you give back, you are not just helping others, you are positively impacting both your mind and your body. Here are just some of the possible benefits of giving back to your community.

BENEFITS TO YOUR MIND

INCREASES HAPPINESS.
Studies have shown that giving back to others increases happiness levels. Volunteering can also contribute to lower levels of depression, particularly in people ages 65 and over.

GIVES YOU A STRONGER SENSE OF PURPOSE.
If you feel like your life is lacking something, try volunteering in your local community. This might provide you with some much-needed structure-giving you a sense of fulfillment.

ENCOURAGES OTHERS TO BE KIND AS WELL.
Giving can have a chain reaction of altruism-the act of helping others does not just encourage you to do more with your free time, it can inspire others to do the same as well.

BENEFITS TO YOUR BODY

REDUCES BLOOD PRESSURE LEVELS.
Research has shown that giving back might help reduce your blood pressure levels, with one study showing that participants who volunteered were less likely to develop high blood pressure over a four-year period than participants who didn’t volunteer.

HELPS YOU LIVE A LONGER LIFE.
If you want to increase your life expectancy, then make volunteering a regular part of your lifestyle. This just might aid in providing you with benefits that contribute to living a longer, healthier life.

EASES CHRONIC PAIN SYMPTOMS.
Volunteering can help those with chronic pain symptoms manage their discomfort. Studies have shown that pain sufferers who volunteer to work with people in chronic pain can experience a decrease in symptoms.

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