“Doing good is good for you” according to a 2013 research study by United Health Group and the Optum Institute. The Health and Volunteering Study explored the relationship between volunteerism and health, and surveyed more than 3,300 adults. Key insights included:
- Health: volunteers say that they feel better – physically, mentally and emotionally;
- Stress: volunteering helps people manage and lower their stress levels;
- Purpose: volunteers feel a deeper connection to communities and to others;
- Engagement: volunteers are more informed health care consumers, and more engaged and involved in managing their health.
Next week is National Volunteer Week, April 12-18. If you don’t already volunteer there are many worthwhile organizations here in the metro Denver area that could use your help. Since 1994, Metro Volunteers has been a great resource for individuals, families and corporations wanting to make a difference in our community. Go to MetroVolunteers.org to learn more.