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Give Back for a Longer, Purpose-Driven Life

Updated: Nov 29, 2018

You might already know that you can learn a lot through volunteering, or that pitching in to help others can increase a person's chance of getting into college. But were you aware that volunteer work can actually promote a longer, healthier life?

According to U.S. News & World Report, a recent study delved into data from 40 research papers & found that volunteers had a 20 percent lower risk of death than their non-volunteering counterparts. The benefits aren't limited to physical health, either – researchers determined that people who volunteer are less depressed, more satisfied with their life & have a generally greater sense of well-being than those who don't. The best part is, you can experience the benefits of luxury travel at the same time. After clearing your mind on a pristine beach in the Caribbean or alleviating tension with a massage at your resort spa in Mexico, volunteer through Beach Bum CARES, a program that provides necessary aid & relief as well as educational supplies for impoverished communities. Not only will you be helping others, but you'll also be doing good for yourself.

Still not convinced? There has been immense research to support the link between volunteering & good health. A report by The Corporation for National & Community Service revealed that older adults who had lost important roles, such as parent or breadwinner didn't experience such a strong loss of purpose when they participated in volunteer work. This is likely because making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate offers a feeling of accomplishment, which softens the blow of a major title change. According to the report, data from an Americans' Changing Lives study revealed that volunteers have higher self-esteem & a greater sense of control over their lives. Further research has found that the depression that naturally comes with aging is also alleviated somewhat with volunteer work. Additionally, Duke studies determined that those who had suffered a heart attack reported lower levels of despair after volunteering, which is a major factor that can lead to death.

Ultimately, the source noted that giving back gives meaning to a person's life while simultaneously reducing feelings of isolation or loneliness during challenging periods. Volunteering undoubtedly allows a person to feel more connected to others, a sense that is crucial for happiness & overall emotional well-being. If you're going through a tough transitional period in your life, you have much to gain from volunteering with Beach Bum CARES next time you're jetting off on a luxury vacation.

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