Healthy Living

How Volunteering Makes You Healthier and Happier

Aug 26 2019

Giving your time and services can change the lives of those in your community. However, it can also help you lead a healthier lifestyle.

Robert Heizelman, MD, a family medicine physician practicing at Mercy Health – Perrysburg Primary Care, has found a way to ground himself and rejuvenate his spirit by volunteering at a clinic in Ohio that provides medical care to underserved populations.

“When we as providers care for others, we are also fulfilling our own vital needs,” says Dr. Heizelman. “We are at our best as human beings when we are caring for others.”

Here are three ways volunteering can improve your well-being.

Volunteering connects you to your community.

Connecting with people is vital to fighting loneliness, social isolation, as well as finding purpose. Volunteering allows you to easily meet people in your neighborhood, especially if you are new to the area. Serving within it can help you plant roots, meet new friends, and even help you build your professional network.

Volunteering benefits your physical and mental health.

Being generous with your time can reduce stress and make you feel happier. Studies have also shown those who volunteer on a regular basis over an extended length of time live longer, healthier lives.

Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life.

Giving back at an organization in your community can help you discover a new hobby, expand your skill sets and provide cherished memories.

Whatever your reasoning, giving back, even in the simplest of ways, improves your life and benefits those around you.

Interested in giving back in your free time? Learn more about volunteering at Mercy Health.

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