Volunteering: Good for Your Heart, Your Health, and Your Happiness!
May 31, 2017
We know that volunteering to help others makes us feel good emotionally, but did you know that studies have shown that it keeps us healthier too?
A study from Volunteer Match done with United Healthcare shows some interesting results about the benefits of volunteering:
- More than 68% of those who volunteered in the past year report that volunteering made them feel physically healthier
- 89% of volunteers agree that volunteering improved their sense of well-being
- 73% of volunteers feel that volunteering lowered their stress levels
- 92% of volunteers agree that volunteering enriches their sense of purpose in life
If you want to find some volunteer opportunities, you really need to look no further than right here at Tapestry. We provide volunteering options for our residents regularly.
Our most recent volunteer effort was a Red White and Blue project through RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program). Tapestry residents enjoyed getting together to assemble care bags for the men and women serving our military.
We're currently seeking volunteers for the St. Jude Dream Home telethon coming up on Thursday, June 29th. If you aren't familiar with all of the wonderful work that St. Jude Hospital does for sick children and their families, you can visit their website here. St Jude's is an organization we're proud to support!
Tapestry is also helping St. Jude by looking for volunteers to help at the grand opening of the annual St. Jude Dream Home. They are seeking volunteers to act as "hostesses" who will sell tickets and greet people at the dream home. Volunteers are needed for shifts every weekend beginning July 15-16 until the home is given away on August 23. Saturdays are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 5 p.m.
Let us know if you are interested in either of these volunteer opportunities. You'll be helping others and yourself at the same time!
Recent studies have shown the following benefits for volunteers:
Lowered blood pressure
A study from Carnegie Mellon University reported that adults over 50 who regularly volunteered were less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who didn't. As we know, high blood pressure is a major roadblock to good health.
According to Harvard Health Publications, volunteering has been shown to ward off loneliness and depression.
The lead author of the above study from Carnegie Mellon University, Rodlescia Sneed, found that volunteer work can also reduce stress.
"Many find volunteer work to be helpful with respect to stress reduction, and we know that stress is very strongly linked to health outcomes." - R. Sneed
The Older the Better!
People over 40 seem to enjoy the greatest health benefits from the practice of volunteering. Surprisingly, the health benefits from volunteering increased as people got older. And the ones who most frequently volunteered experienced the greatest benefits.
If you have the time and desire to do some volunteering, you shouldn't have trouble finding something you enjoy. Check with us at Tapestry when you are looking for an opportunity, or contact one of the many organizations in Oklahoma that depend on volunteers to do their work of helping others. It's good for everyone!