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Volunteering can help you live longer
Well, it seems that what goes around comes around and volunteering will not only help other people but will also help you. A study from the University of Michigan discovered in 2010 that people who volunteer live longer than individuals who do not.
“This could mean that people who volunteer with other people as their main motivation may be buffered from potential stressors associated with volunteering, such as time constraints and lack of pay,” said researcher Sara Konrath.
“Many people find volunteer work to be helpful with respect to stress reduction, and we know that stress is very strongly linked to health outcomes,” says Rodlescia Sneed, a doctoral candidate in social and health psychology at Carnegie Mellon University.