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The Health Benefits of Giving Back
Rob Siegmann MBA
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
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
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.