Volunteering is good for your health, new study says

Jun 4, 2014

You’ve heard it from us before.

The Quiet Revolution is happening. Freelancers are moving away from consumption and towards connection and becoming more conscious about what their purchases mean for themselves and their neighbors.

They’re also spending more of their time volunteering in their local communities. And, as it turns out, this doesn’t just benefit their neighbors, but their physical and mental health as well.

Indeed, a new study by the UnitedHealth Group, the Optimum Institute, and Mashable has found a link between volunteering and better physical, mental, and emotional health.

Here are some of the more interesting findings:

78% said that volunteering helped lower their stress levels.

94% said that volunteering helped to improve their moods.

96% said that volunteering enriched their sense of purpose in life.

49% said volunteering had helped them in their career.

More than 75% said that volunteering had helped them with their time management skills.

Check out the full infographic below:

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