According to many people, helping others will make you feel good about yourself and will give you self-confidence. Nowadays, there are so many ways to help the community. It seems that not only you will be more relaxed and happier, but also volunteering gives you better mental health and well-being. Let’s find out together what are the benefits of volunteering.
- Volunteering is good for our mental health and well-being, especially if we are over 40 years old.
- More and more people should volunteer if they want to live in a better society.
According to a study that was published in the journal BMJ Open, if you volunteer in the middle and older age, you will be healthier. The link was seen only in people over the age of 40, so it may be possible that this connection happens only at a later point in a person’s life.
Researchers used data from an annual survey of 5, 000 households.People were asked several questions regarding their leisure time activities, mental health, and well-being. They found out that volunteering in older age is associated with better mental and physical health. The researchers took into consideration many factors such as marital status, educational level or social class.
Dr. Dimitris Kiosses, a geriatric psychiatrist told that the fact that one is feeling better about himself by being productive and giving back has some psychological benefits. It seems that younger students are taking volunteering as a task so they can’t get any benefits from it when it comes to the mental task. Moreover, they are more interested in their jobs than helping other people for free.
Of course, there is possible that feeling well and having a better mental health could lead to volunteering. When people are doing great, they want to help others more.
People should volunteer more because its advantages can be seen no matter what age you are. First of all, volunteering establishes strong relationships that last over time. You will work with people who have the passions as you do and you will not feel alone at all. If you are a student, you should know that volunteering is really good for your career.
Companies are looking for people who are willing to help the others. Moreover, volunteering is good for the society. Places like museums, social service organizations often rely more on volunteers than paid workers in order to achieve their goals. You can’t just expect for the society to change. You must be a part of it.
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