Research from the Mayo Clinic has suggested that volunteering improves our overall health, especially our mental health. Their research found this to be especially true for those adults over the age of 60. Interestingly, the research found less anxiety and stress for those who volunteered for service versus those that did not.
Volunteering in our communities gives us a sense of purpose and allows us the satisfaction of knowing we helped others in a time of need. Research has also shown that acts such as volunteering causes our brains to release a substance called dopamine. Dopamine is responsible for us feeling relaxed and less stressed. Many volunteers have learned new skills through their act of volunteerism making them feel more valuable to their communities. All of this contributes to a healthier mental state.
A-C-T has long encouraged our team to volunteer in our local communities. This has happened in the form of delivering food to those in need and by volunteering for events such as A-C-T’s Chili Cookoff events of the past that greatly benefited the United Way. You may have even seen some of our team members ringing the Salvation Army bell at Christmas time at a local Publix store to help the Salvation Army with their important donation programs.
Volunteer your time when you can. You just might find it improves your mental well-being.