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Volunteering – The Miraculous Health Benefits of Helping Others!

Have you ever wondered why Santa HoHOHo’s? He knows the miraculous health benefits of HoHOho-ing ‘Helping Others, Helping Out, Helping Overall’.
There are great physical and psychological health benefits as well as important community benefits from helping others. You can help yourself to better heath and happiness, improve your well-being and longevity simply by helping others!

Have you ever wondered why Santa HoHOHo’s?  He knows the miraculous health benefits of HoHOho-ing ‘Helping Others, Helping Out, Helping Overall’.  Remember just because Christmas is over, doesn’t mean the HoHOho-ing stops!  I want to share why I and thousands upon thousands of Santa’s and Mrs Clauses world-wide HoHOho ‘Help Others, Help Out, Help Overall’ all year long and why you’ll want to too! 

Did you know there are great physical and psychological health benefits as well as important community benefits from HoHOho-ing? Yes, you can help yourself to better heath and happiness, improve your well-being and longevity by helping others.  Thomas H Sander from Harvard University said “Research shows it miraculously improves both your health and the community’s.” Improvement includes physical and mental health such as lower rates of depression, increased longevity and lower incidence of heart disease.  So giving/volunteering literally makes the heart grow stronger.  Yes you CAN help yourself to better heath by helping others!

Volunteering has the ability to produce significant health benefits particularly for older adults and those who serve 100 hours annually or about two hours a week. One study indicated that doing regular volunteer work, more than any other activity, proved to dramatically increase life expectancy. Volunteering/generosity of spirit can bring about meaningful and even miraculous benefits to both body and mind.  Research from the John Hopkins Medical Institution found that you can “…slow the aging process… ” while giving back to the community.

There was an interesting study done by Harvard psychologist Dr David McClelland who measured students before and after watching a film on Nobel Prize laureate Mother Teresa, for her work helping the homeless.  McClelland found that even the simple act of watching a film on ‘selfless service’ strengthened the immune response in the students.  However, Dr Albert Schweitzer aptly said “The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve”.  Service really is an essential element to becoming truly healthy and happy.
 
So now we know it’s scientifically proven, it’s good to be good!  With a vast and compelling collection of scientific research on the subject concluding that helping others makes you happier and healthier, we now know that volunteering buffers stress and reduces the risk of disease while building connections, a sense of purpose and life satisfaction.  A great read is “Why Good Things Happen to Good People: The Exciting New Research That Proves the Link Between Doing Good and Living a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life.” By Professor Stephen Post.

There are many ways to volunteer. Let’s together grow a healthier and happier world and enjoy a better quality of life for all.  It’s a great way to give a gift that keeps on giving in so many ways all year round to yourself and others.  So why not make a new resolution for this year and become a volunteer. Go on, get involved with your community and commit to giving back for your and our collective benefit.  You CAN make a difference!

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