Doing Good is Good for You

Submitted on Sun, 07/21/2013 - 8:12 am
United Health

The study reveals that U.S. adults who volunteer report that they feel better, both physically and emotionally than adults who do not volunteer. Volunteers are more likely than non-volunteers to socialize and they do so more frequently. Most tell us that they have developed new friendships as a result of volunteering.

There are many paths to good health, but regardless of which we take, volunteering can help us. We now know people who volunteer feel better—physically, mentally and emotionally better. And our volunteers tell us that they are convinced their health is better because of the things they do when they volunteer. People who volunteer manage their stress better and feel a stronger connection to their communities. In all of the pathways we take to good health, being a volunteer can help to make a meaningful difference.