Volunteering: Good for the heart and the brain as well as for your community’s parks and coastlines
A group of researchers studied more than 70,000 seniors, looking at health details and volunteering. It seems that, as the report says,
As it turns out, lending a helping hand may significantly reduce a person’s mortality risk: Even after adjusting for several factors, including previous health complications, the study concluded that rates of mortality dropped 24% among those who volunteered regularly.
What’s behind this death-defying health boost? When you help strangers in need, the ensuing feelings of usefulness and altruism might cause your brain to produce more oxytocin and progesterone-good-vibe chemicals that curb stress and reduce harmful inflammation, explains study author Morris Okun, PhD, a professor of psychology at Arizona State University.
The Friends also strongly supports these volunteer efforts:[clearboth]