Our plates are full to overflowing these days. When we have a spare minute, we want to unwind, veg, hug our loved ones, or love our bodies with a little exercise or beautification. Unfortunately, volunteering doesn’t usually make the cut, not even when we secretly admit we have passionate partisan feelings for various causes we would love to help more than we do. Maybe the way to put volunteering on the list, finally, is to realize that volunteering isn’t only about giving. It pays dividends of the emotional and physical sort. Besides building community and potentially getting you a job, you get mind boosts, confidence,self-esteem. Helping counteracts anxiety, depression, even anger. Your blood pressure may drop. Data also suggests seniors can gorstsll cognitive lacks and live longer.
- Volunteering makes you feel less lonely and isolated, especially if you are an older adult.
- Volunteering has physical health benefits, such as lowering your blood pressure.
- Seniors who volunteer are at a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
“Interested in living a longer, happier, more fulfilling life? Read on and consider volunteering!”