It seems like there is always one person in the community that really enjoys helping others. They are the first to volunteer to work with organizations like Big Brother or Big Sister. Some help out at the soup kitchen, cooking meals for the homeless. They volunteer to counsel teens or mentor kids. The fact is that serving others or helping others is actually a very good thing for all involved. Health studies show that people that volunteer to help others are actually improving their own health too.
Improves Physical & Emotional Wellness
Obviously, volunteering to serve others takes time and commitment. Generally, the person that takes the time to serve a charity organization, spends at least several hours per week volunteering with the organization. Focusing on helping others takes the focus off of their lives. Thus, reducing stress, boosting self confidence, and boosting connections with others. All this also helps to destroy those feelings of isolation and loneliness that might lead to ill health.
People that dwell on their own personal problems or feel isolated sink into a foul mood. However, those that serve others in some capacity experience a quick boost in moods. In fact, people who performed even small acts of kindness during the week, reported feeling better about themselves and the world around them. There is actually a scientific basis to back up the mood boosting behavior’s effect. The brain releases mood enhancing dopamine during a kindness action, creating a kindness high.
It has been proven that people that serve or help others in some way, actually live longer. In fact, people that start volunteering early in life, live a much longer and healthy life. It is easy to start volunteering with organization in the community, at a church, or a local school.
Lower Blood Pressure
One person with high blood pressure started volunteering with a local big brother and big sister organization several times a week. This individual was on high blood pressure medication and had suffered with the problem for a few years. However, the individual discovered that giving back to the community and focusing on helping others actually helped them to control their blood pressure and reduce the stress in their life. It appears acts of kindness really do bestow health benefits on people.
Volunteering to serve others might just be the right step for you to start living a healthier life and improve your total outlook on life.