Healthy Living

HEALTHY LIVING- PROTECTING GOD’S GIFTS

The Healthy Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteers can make a great difference in the lives of others. Often times volunteers perform with the core intention of helping others. But did you know that volunteering can benefit your own health? Researchers have attempted to measure the benefits that volunteers   receive including positive feelings referred to as a helpers high, increased trust in others and increased social interaction. It can do everything from lowering stress to boosting self-confidence. These health benefits are especially true for older adults.

Benefits:

1.Volunteering decreases the risk of depression.

It leads to lower rates of depression, especially for individuals 65 and older. Volunteering increases social interaction and helps build a support system based on common interest.

2.Volunteering gives a sense of purpose and teaches valuable skills. The work that volunteers provide is essential to everyday processes which give persons a sense of purpose.

       3.Volunteering helps people stay physically and mentally active. You move and think at the same time. Older volunteers experience greater increases in life satisfaction and greater perceived health as a result of

volunteering.

4.Volunteering may reduce stress levels.

Volunteering may enhance a persons social networks to buffer stress and reduce risk of disease. By savoring time spent in service to others, you feel a sense of meaning and appreciation, both given and received, which can have a stress-reducing effect.

     5.Volunteering may help you live longer. The Longitudinal Study of Aging found that individuals who volunteer have a lower mortality rates than those who do not. In addition, others studies have shown that volunteers with chronic or serious illness experience declines in

pain intensity and depression.

      6.Volunteering helps you meet others and develop new relationships.

One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to participate in a shared activity together. Dedicating your time as a

volunteer also helps you to expand your network and practice social skills with others .

Volunteers come from all walks of life but share a common desire to help others.

There are so many places that need volunteers- hospitals, schools, food pantries. .. We have ample opportunities for volunteers right here at Our Lady of the Presentation Church. Come be part of our loving community. There are no losers in volunteering. Put some of your free time to good use. Be a volunteer and reap the benefits

  

Vinny Ridolfi