7 Things That Happen When You Help Others

Thinking about giving to your favorite cause, volunteering some time, or attending a Zumbathon® this month? Good news: there are tons of reasons why giving back and helping others is good for you, too! Here are seven ways your good deeds have a positive impact on your health, mood, and wallet.

Volunteering is good for your health!

According to research from the Corporation for National and Community Service, people who volunteer live longer and have lower rates of depression.

And, MORE volunteering gets you even MORE benefits.

The same study found that people who volunteer at least 100 hours per year are even more likely to reap health benefits of doing good.

Donating money is proven to make you happy.

A study done by the National Institutes of Health found that participants who donated a portion of the money they were given had heightened activity in their brains’ pleasure centers.

Participating in charity events is a great way to socialize.

Psychologists suggest that social interaction improves overall well-being, leading to better brain function, a stronger immune system, and lower risk of depression and anxiety.

Volunteering can improve mental health.

Depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder can all be helped by volunteering, as it provides a wonderful sense of connection and purpose.

Get a tax deduction!

Charitable donations are taken out of your taxable income, so when you give to an eligible charity you actually save some money.

Be a generosity role model.

Nothing is better than being a positive role model for others – your family members, colleagues, and friends will surely be inspired by your good deeds and do some of their own!

If you want to volunteer your time to raising breast cancer awareness this month, check out partyinpink.com for ways that you can get involved.

Jennifer Lauren

Jennifer Lauren is a Zumba® instructor from New York. She blogs about teaching Zumba® classes and all things fitness at www.TheZBeat.com.

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