Give Till It Heals

volunteerWhen the going gets tough, the tough give back. A University at Buffalo study found that volunteering may help you live longer. People who reported a major stressor (like a job loss) in the last year were 30% more likely to die within a 5-year follow-up than those who hadn’t had a crisis. The exception: People who did volunteer work had no increased risk of dying. Selfless acts may release the bonding hormone oxytocin, which blunts stress, says researcher Michael Poulin PhD. That’s key—stress can trigger heart attacks. Log 20 to 39 hours a year, the average range of time people in the study volunteered.



Image from Stockexchange


If you liked this article, you’ll love these: