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Why Volunteering is Good for Your Health

Bosma Enterprises - 1/8/2019 2:05:28 PM

Volunteering is good for your health.

Near the end of the year, many people begin thinking about their New Year’s resolutions. For many, resolutions involve making a change in our lives. These changes tend to be positive such as losing weight, spending more time with family or even to stop smoking. How about adding one more positive change to your life next year? Have you ever thought about volunteering your time and talents to a worthy cause? I know this may not be the most glamorous resolution, but research shows volunteering is good for your health.

According to a study published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology, people who gave social support to others had lower blood pressure than people who didn’t. The study also discovered that people who donated their time to help others whether it was through community or an organizational involvement had higher self-esteem, less depression and lower stress levels than those who didn’t.

Volunteering also is known to improve a person’s psychological and physical health. People who volunteer reap the benefits of feeling a personal sense of accomplishment. By helping someone else, you are helping to satisfy some of the needs of the ones you help. After volunteering, you usually feel good about yourself for assisting those less fortunate than yourself.  When you volunteer, you have the potential to become a role model to those you serve, while at the same time demonstrating that you care about the community where you live.

As you can see, volunteering has many health benefits. Not to mention, when you give of yourself, you are showing others how much you care about them and your community.

Bosma Enterprises has many ways you can volunteer. Whether you choose to volunteer at our Center for Visionary Solutions for the Blind, providing direct service with one of our clients, or assisting at one of our internal/external events. We welcome your involvement. To learn more about volunteering, visit https://www.bosma.org/Get-Involved/Volunteer for more information.