5 Benefits of Volunteering
While volunteering may be performed with the intention of helping others, studies show that those who give of themselves also receive.
Researchers have measured the benefits that volunteers receive, including the positive feeling referred to as “helper’s high”, increased trust in others, and increased physical and mental health. Research has shown a strong correlation between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression than those who do not volunteer.
Below are just a few ways volunteering can improve your mental and physical health.