18/04/2016

Proven science: volunteers are happier

Who has never heard the phrase “give and you shall receive?” Well, a study at the University of Michigan (USA) shows scientific evidence that volunteers come out far ahead in well-being in happiness.

The study showed that people willing to donate their time to volunteering live an average of four years longer, according to the American university.

Researcher Allan Luks, author of the book “The Healing Power of Doing Good,” says that people who practice doing good have a better quality of life. “People who do at least four hours of volunteer work per month are ten times more likely to be in good health than those who do not,” says Luks.

That is because the volunteer experiences a powerful feeling of satisfaction, resulting from lower stress and the release of endorphins, neurotransmitters that cause a feeling of happiness. The person feels valued and useful and has good self-esteem.

The study by Luks had over 3,300 volunteers. Those who helped regularly were ten times more likely to report having improved health than those who only work as volunteers once a year.

However, specialists say that personal contact is extremely important; donating money or clothes does not provide the same “feeling of well-being.”

There are countless benefits of volunteering for volunteers:

  • Improved mental and physical health
  • It creates new friendships
  • It is a pastime
  • It is pleasurable
  • It keeps the person active
  • It develops skills
  • The volunteer is able to acquire new knowledge
  • There are increased chances to get a paid job

How about it? Keep an eye on our projects and participate!

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