Volunteer to improve both personal and community wellness

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) – Research has shown that participating in volunteer work will actually increase your lifespan, decreasing your mortality risk by 24%.

Giving joyfully of yourself causes your brain to produce more feel-good chemicals, like oxytocin and progesterone, which lower stress and reduce harmful inflammation.

Organized volunteering whether in a neighborhood cleanup or soup kitchen will elevate your mood and give you an endorphin release that will bring satisfaction to your personally and even give your life more meaning.

The benefits of helping others are numerous; you might meet new friends, learn new skills, and perhaps even advance your career. Volunteering can increase your confidence; help to build self-esteem and combat depression. Depending on the type of work you choose it may even help you to stay physically fit.

Where do I find volunteer opportunities?
• Community theaters, museums, and monuments
• Libraries or senior centers
• Animal rescue groups
• Youth organizations, sports teams, and after-school programs
• Historical restorations and national parks
• Places of worship, churches or synagogues
• Search online

Here’s some help to get you started!

volunteermatch.org

hellowestmichigan.com

wmich.edu

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