3 Reasons Why Volunteering Is Good For Your Health

by Zarelda Marie Goh
HEALTH  |  October 08, 2017
  • Paying it forward can be good for you
    1 / 4 Paying it forward can be good for you

    Volunteer work is something close to my heart. Personally speaking, I’ve found that carving out time to help others has made life more meaningful.

    I’ve volunteered at various places over the years, and presently teach at micro-business school Aidha. The non-profit organisation empowers domestic helpers by providing the skills they need to start small businesses when they return home. The education they receive spans from money management skills to communication skills.

    When volunteering, it is important to find a cause that you feel strongly for. Ask friends and family for ideas, or visit the National Volunteer & Philantrophy Centre’s website at www.nvpc.org.sg for inspiration.

    Volunteering your time to help others also has positive effects on your health. Here are just three ways it is good for you:

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  • It helps you live longer
    2 / 4 It helps you live longer

    British researchers analysed data from published studies and found evidence that those who did volunteer work had a 20 per cent lower risk of death than those who didn’t.

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  • It helps maintain heart health
    3 / 4 It helps maintain heart health

    A US study showed that adults over age 50 who volunteered regularly were less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who didn’t. High blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.

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  • It makes you feel happier
    4 / 4 It makes you feel happier

    Volunteers are more satisfied with life. At least one study from the London School of Economics found that the more people volunteered, the happier they were. All that said, volunteer for the right reasons. Pay it forward because you genuinely want to and the health benefits that come will be positive by-products.

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    (Also Read: Where to Volunteer in Singapore – 20 Ideas We Love)

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