Sunday, September 1, 2013
Volunteering can add years to your life and the planet’s!
Some people volunteer because they have great big hearts. Others volunteer to look good. Some are forced to work off a court-ordered sentence. But, according to a recent study published in the BMC Public Health journal, volunteering can actually ensure you live longer!
Researchers at the University of Exeter reviewed dozens of academic papers and discovered that subjects who volunteered in their free time were a fifth less likely to die within the next four to seven years than the average person. They also rated their feelings of depression lower, while claiming to enjoy a greater overall quality of life.
So check your local newspaper. Do your homework. See what organizations you can get involved with. Better yet – if you don’t find an organization that suits your style, start your own! Then get out there and make a difference.
Volunteering isn’t relegated to hospital visits, either. You can be outside enjoying the fresh air and sunshine while picking up litter, for instance. Or, start a compost heap. Start a community garden. Start your own garden. Don’t have a yard? Try growing your own pot of tomatoes on the windowsill (You’ll see how much better they taste than the ones you buy at the store!). There are tons of environmentally conscious projects you can get involved with. Stop wasting time watching that TV show for the millionth time. It’s time for a change.
Old, young – doesn’t matter! Volunteering is about trying to make yourself a better person. And while you’re at it, why not make the Earth a better place, too? Volunteering is great because it keeps you socially active, thinking, and exercising. It even reduces blood pressure! The BMC’s study showed a distinct correlation between High School students and improved cardiovascular health.
It’s estimated that 36% of people in Australia dedicate at least some portion of their free time to volunteering, compared to 27% in America and 22.5% in Europe. Those numbers need to go up!
“Our systematic review shows that volunteering is associated with improvements in mental health, but more work is needed to establish whether volunteering is actually the cause,” says Dr. Suzanne Richards, the study’s head researcher. "It’s still unclear whether biological and cultural factors and social resources that are often associated with better health and survival are also associated with a willingness to volunteer in the first place."
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