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Now there’s proof: Volunteering makes you happier

May 24, 2010

Did you know that helping others makes you stronger in mind and body? According to a new study from VolunteerMatch with UnitedHealthcare, volunteering lowers your stress, gives you a sense of purpose and improves your overall well-being.

And when your employer allows you to do your service as part of your job hours, you even feel better about your job when you go back to the work that pays your bills.

VolunteerMatch encourages nonprofits to nurture volunteers so they can get the most out of this relationship. Whether a person is in a good place in their lives or seeking an outlet to overcome a bad situation, the study reinforces the idea that volunteers can gain personally while helping the organization.

Nonprofits can create additional opportunities to build mental and physical health and make their organizations into health-enducing places to volunteer. But it’s good to know that just the act of doing something for others brings many benefits to you. Click here to find out more and see the full report on the VolunteerMatch website.

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