Tuesday, December 20, 2016 12:00 PM


Living in the Volunteer State we’re well aware of the power of lending a hand to worthy causes. When people volunteer for a charitable organization, they help the nonprofit carry out its mission. In some cases, the nonprofit cannot operate without volunteer involvement.

But did you know that volunteering also creates real benefits for those individuals donating their time and talents? Research shows that such acts of generosity improve health, reduce stress, increase longevity and produce wellbeing in these altruistic people.

Giving is good for your heartStudies show that volunteering can lower blood pressure, and it can also help people recover from coronary-related events when they’re engaged in social supportive interactions. Harvard University noted that a 2016 report that compiled results from 10 different studies discovered that participants with a high sense of purpose in life had a lower risk of having a cardiovascular event (such as a heart attack or stroke) compared to those who had a lower sense of purpose.

Lowers risk of depressionVolunteering in a group setting where you interact with others builds a support system around a common purpose and interest. Social connection helps ward off loneliness and depression, but even giving money as an ...

News source: http://www.tennessean.com/story/sponsor-story/second-harvest-food-bank/2016/12/15/second-harvest-researchers-agree-volunteering-improves-your-health/95353048/

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