Offering a helping hand by donating money or volunteering to enhance the life of others does not only make you a better human in philanthropy but it also betters your health amazingly.
Our bodies respond to a good deed by rewarding us with feel good signals that boost our health. Here are four areas of health improvement that philanthropy induces:
Lower Chances of Hypertension
A comparison between individuals who spent about four hours a week volunteering and non-volunteers revealed that those who volunteered had a 40% less chance of developing hypertension. Researchers believe that this lower blood pressure is due to the active, unselfish behavior of a volunteer which reduces their stress. Volunteering also offers a chance to socialize and connect with motivating people.
Reduction in Mortality
Evidence show that the more you volunteer in a regular consistent manner, the longer your lifespan gets. For instance, a hundred hours per year of philanthropy reduces your mortality by 28%. Young people also benefit from volunteering as a study showed that high school students who helped younger kids had reduced cholesterol levels.
Increase of Happiness
Helping others probably gives you a positive reaction from them which in turn gives you a good feeling. After completing a good deed, the brain pumps a neurotransmitter called dopamine which enhances your mood. In order to feel the effect on your mood, it is better to gather your acts of kindness in a day per week instead of spreading them over the week.
Coping with Pain
Group therapies which offer patients a chance to connect with those who suffer from the same condition make them ease each others’ pains. When a patient gets a feeling of responsibility to check on others, they feel less helpless and thus become less vulnerable to anxiety and depression. Helping others face their pain; helps you face yours.