From Kris, our executive director:
Your Best Friends Mentoring Program depends on more than 200 volunteers each year to ensure the success of this mentoring program that serves at-risk youth in our community of southwest North Dakota. Volunteering helps not only the youth and families we serve; volunteering also brings health benefits to the volunteers!
Read more at Hands Up Holidays (http://www.handsupholidays.com/read/health-benefits-of-volunteering), then give Best Friends Mentoring a call at 701-483-8615 or email email@example.com.
Have you ever felt good after doing something positive for someone? You are not alone! Studies show that not only is volunteering beneficial to those you help, but you can be healthier too!
Studies carried out over the past twenty years have reached some remarkable conclusions:
- Volunteering and physical well-being are part of a positive reinforcing cycle
- Individuals who volunteer live longer
- The best way to prevent poor health in the future, may be to volunteer
- Volunteering leads to greater life satisfaction and lower rates of depression
- Older volunteers tend to receive greater health benefits from volunteering
The study does not speculate why these benefits arise, but we are willing to hazard some guesses:
- Perhaps it is being part of a cause that is important to us
- Perhaps it is through the meaningful interaction with new people, that we as social creatures crave
- Perhaps it is through the sense of purpose and fulfilment that volunteering brings
- Or perhaps it is simply the warm glow from a person who has also benefited from our time, skills and care
In the end, the reason is less important than the outcome. Find a cause, help others and lead a richer, longer and healthier life!