Give Back. Gain Health.
- Deb Lechtman
HERE AT THE CAUSE BAR…
…we believe giving back to our community and our world is one of the most beautiful and important things we can do. If you’re reading this, you probably agree. After all, we all want our planet to be just a little bit better than it was when we entered it. But did you know that alongside all the obvious reasons to give back, helping those less fortunate than us can be beneficial to our health, too?
In fact, numerous recent studies have outlined the health benefits -- both physical and mental -- of engaging in charitable causes. Below are just a few.
…Two similar studies -- one conducted by the University of Michigan, and the other by the University of California Berkeley -- have concluded that people over 55 who volunteer regularly are less likely to die over the next five years than those who don’t, even when accounting for other health-related issues.
Lower Blood Pressure
Recent research suggests that those involved with charitable causes and/or those who volunteer tend to have lower blood pressure than those who don’t. Additionally, people who give back are much less likely to suffer from a stroke or heart attack. Volunteering and donating are also indicative of quicker recovery times for those with coronary-related health problems.
IMPROVED MENTAL HEALTH…
…You’ve most likely heard of a “runner’s high,” and a similar term has been coined for those who see improved mental health after getting involved with a cause that is meaningful to them: the “giver’s glow.” People who give back have reported better self-esteem and decreased anxiety, depression, and stress. Psychologists believe much of it has to do with the fact that volunteering forces a person to get out of their own head.
A 2013 study found that high schoolers who volunteer generally have lower cholesterol than those who don’t. This might be related to more active, generally healthier lifestyles in those who give back.
So there you have it: reasons to give back beyond just “doing good.” A better world and improved health? Sign us up!