Volunteering offers a wealth of benefits for those who undertake it.

Here’s nine ways volunteering could improve your health:

1. Helping others has been shown to release happy hormone dopamine in the brain meaning that you become happier

2. Volunteering gives you a sense of pride, identity and accomplishment

3. Volunteering helps people find new direction in their lives by helping others

4. Volunteering increases social interaction and helps build a support system based on common commitment and interests

5. Volunteering improves thinking skills, can help reduce the risk of heart disease and symptoms of chronic pain.

6. Helping others has profound positive affects on your psychological wellbeing and can help reduce stress and anxiety.

7. Volunteering can help people come to terms with their own illness and help take their mind off their own problems.

8. Experiences in a care-giving role can carry over into personal relationships, making volunteers more independent & less reliant on their family.

9. Some studies suggest volunteers have a lower mortality rate than non-volunteers.

Find out how LCVS can help you begin volunteering: LCVS volunteering

For details of hundreds of volunteering opportunities in Lincolnshire, contact your local LCVS office or search via Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service on Do It

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