No wonder it feels good to give to others — it’s actually therapeutic.
New research shows that giving actually promotes health and those suffering from chronic illness could benefit from it.
Initially, the idea of giving as a health fix seems odd but recent research proves that extending a helping hand is beneficial, health-wise.
Helping Hands Heal
A research from the University of California, Berkeley by Doug Oman in 1999 is enough to convince others to get off their high horse and start serving people in need.
Oman’s research revealed that individuals who are already in the twilight of their years actually increased their chances of living an extra 5 years. This increases by 44% more when they involve themselves in at least two volunteer work programs that help others.
Stephen Post, a professor specializing in preventive medicine at Stony Brook University, revealed in his book, Why Good Things Happen to Good People, that people fighting chronic illnesses can actually improve their health by giving. This also includes patients suffering from HIV and multiple sclerosis.
How You Can Be Healthy and Make a Difference
Making a difference is easier and better for your health. There are many options. For example, you can coordinate a car donation with Carsformadd.org or donate some blood through the American Red Cross. After all, donating is giving of the highest kind. Most true when you’re giving to charities that help less fortunate people find the right path.
If you’ve got spare clothes in your closet, might as well pack them in a box and drop them off at the nearest orphanage or charity center.
Volunteering also goes a long way for your health. Spend some time with the less fortunate or extend a helping hand at the church soup kitchen.
There is nothing better than attending to the needs of others and caring for your health at the same time. Don’t postpone your helping hand any further — make a difference and care for your body at the same time.