Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Volunteering: Good for the Mind, Body and Soul

December 2018 Bar Bulletin

By Anne Daly

It’s true. Science has proven that volunteering is predictive of better mental and physical health, life satisfaction, self-esteem, happiness and increased longevity. 

Numerous studies have shown that those who volunteer feel more socially connected, less lonely and less depressed. Additionally, there is scientific support that volunteering lowers blood pressure, and promotes a stronger heart and an increased lifespan. 

In 2013, Carnegie Mellon University published a study in Psychology and Aging. This study found that adults aged 50 and over who volunteered on a regular basis were less likely to develop high blood pressure than non-volunteers. While it’s impossible to say that volunteering...

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