Scientific research has proven the adage, “it is better to give than to receive” to be remarkably true. For starters, early death rates are lower by as much as 22 percent among people who regularly serve the needs of others compared to those who don’t get involved.
A review of 40 of these studies found that those who engage in volunteerism receive a long list of benefits.
Numerous studies have shown that people who gave sacrificially in order to help others reaped great benefits. Those who scheduled time to volunteer once per month or more reported a heightened sense of well-being and personal satisfaction.
Making things better for others, makes the person feel better themselves. Giving your time to do good for someone else also lowered instances of depression. In other words, the people who gave up some personal time and effort experienced feeling happier and living longer.
Serving makes us happier and a happier outlook is linked to a longer life. It takes more than writing a check to reap the rewards, but for those who were willing to roll up their sleeves and make some sweat investment – the pluses were remarkable.
One reason serving others may be so beneficial is the platform it provides for socializing. Just getting out and being with others has a tremendously powerful health benefit. By contrast, loneliness has been linked to higher risks for heart attack, high blood pressure and even dementia.
So whether it’s serving at the city soup kitchen, volunteering to read to children after school or working with Habitat for Humanity – just getting out the door to bless others is good for you. If you are struggling with depression, there are several therapies which might be helpful for you.
Come talk to the mental health professionals at The Family Guidance Center to learn how to take control of your physical and emotional health.