Volunteering your time, money and energy to help others doesn’t just make the world better — it also makes a better person; the very act of giving back boosts our own happiness, health and sense of well-being. Please read on to see what advantages accrue when you start giving back and helping others. Team RetyrSmart
You too are a beneficiary when you give back
Check out the advantages of helping others:
- You could live longer. Volunteers show an improved ability to manage stress and stave off disease. Alleviating loneliness and enhancing our social lives are factors that can significantly affect our long-term health.
- Altruism is contagious. When one person performs a good deed, it causes a kind of chain reaction of other altruistic acts.|
- Giving makes us happy. Among 2,000 people tracked over a five-year period, Americans who described themselves as “very happy” volunteered nearly six hours per month.
- Giving may help with chronic pain. According to one study, people who suffered from chronic pain tried working as peer volunteers. As a result, they experienced a reduction in their own symptoms.
- Giving lowers blood pressure. One piece of research showed that older individuals who volunteered for at least 200 hours a year decreased their risk of hypertension by 40%.
- Giving provides a sense of purpose and satisfaction. Studies show that volunteering enhances an individual’s overall sense of purpose and identity — particularly if they no longer hold a life-defining role like “worker” or “parent.”
The things we do for ourselves are gone when we have passed, but we can be comforted that the things we do for others remain as a person’s continuing legacy.