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Letter: Volunteering is good for your health

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

Did you know that volunteering is good for you? Of course you know that helping others makes you feel good, but according to a study by the Corporation for National and Community Service there is compelling scientific research that indicates that volunteers benefit from better health. The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research has found that volunteers have greater longevity, higher functional ability, lower rates of depression and less incidence of heart disease. David Eisner, CEO of the corporation, shares, “Volunteering makes the heart grow stronger. While the motivation is altruistic, it is gratifying to learn that their efforts are returning considerable health benefits.”

The Health Benefits of Volunteering documents findings from over 30 studies that demonstrated the connection between volunteering and improved physical and mental health. Just two hours of service per week can make a difference—not only to the cau...

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