How does helping others improve my health?

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When we volunteer our time, energy and money, it doesn’t just help others. Some studies indicate that it will boost your health, happiness and longevity.

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When we volunteer our time, energy and money, it doesn’t just help others.  Some studies indicate that it will boost your health, happiness and longevity.  

Helping other may help you to increase your lifespan.

Research shows that stress and pain levels are reduced.  It is believed that this is due impart to the attention of the individual to be focused on something other than themselves. 

One team of sociologists tracked 2000 people over a five-year period and found that Americans who described themselves as “very happy” volunteered at least 5.8 hours per month.

This heightened sense of well-being might be the byproduct of being more physically active as a result of volunteering, or because it makes us more socially active. Researchers also think that giving back might give individuals a mental boost by providing them with a neurochemical sense of reward.

Another study showed that older individuals who volunteered for at least 200 hours a year decreased their risk of hypertension (high blood pressure) by an amazing 40 percent.

Get your kids involved too.

According to sociologists, teenagers who volunteer have better grades and self-image. 

If you are looking for more meaning in your daily life? Studies show that volunteering improves an individual’s overall sense of purpose and identity.

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