Give More. Feel Great. Try Volunteering over the Holidays.
Holidays or Holidaze? For many, the holiday season isn’t always merry. From emotional highs and lows to overwhelming ‘to-do lists and stress levels, your physical health can suffer. A study in the BMC Public Health journal claims volunteering helps treat the symptoms of depression and other mental health disorders. Perhaps that’s why both monetary donations and volunteer hours have increased dramatically in the past several years.
Research proves that people who regularly help others can offset the negative effects stress has on their life and extend their mortality. So, the more you give of your available time to others, the greater the benefits you’ll receive. In fact, a study done by the University of California, Berkeley finds that those who are 55 and older and volunteered for two or more organizations were 44% less likely to die over a five- year span those who didn’t. Additional research published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology confirmed that giving lowered overall blood and arterial pressure in people. And, those who were the most generous with their volunteer efforts reported greater self-efficacy, self-esteem, less depression and stress than those who chose not to volunteer as often.
There’s no better time than this season of giving to boost your health and your spirits by volunteering. Check this month’s newsletter or Pebble Tossers Upcoming Service Project page for opportunities for you and your family!