Volunteering beneficial to Volunteers

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When we volunteer it is for the betterment of others. Whether it's delivering a meal to an elderly person or cleaning a park for all to enjoy volunteering improves the community overall. One thing that is looked over are the benefits they provide the volunteer. Recent studies show there are benefits for people who volunteer mentally and physically. 

When a person volunteers they provide themselves with a critical connection with others that we need to survive. That is why in the face of a disaster people come together help others heal and move forward. Having this connection with others helps people with mental illnesses like depression. This has been reported for people who volunteer from teens to the elderly.

Another benefit of volunteering is that it gives people the opportunity to be more physically active. These activities could lead to lower blood pressure and other issues related to heart disease. That could lead to adding years to a volunteers life.

     

Michael Hooker