5 reasons to volunteer in retirement
Want an active, happy and meaningful retirement? The evidence shows that volunteering isn’t just good for the community, it’s also good for you. Here’s five reasons why you should consider volunteering in retirement.
1. You’ll find satisfaction
It’s better to give than to receive, and the data backs this up. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, volunteers – defined as someone in the previous 12 months who willing gave unpaid help – reported higher levels of life satisfaction than non-volunteers.
2. You’ll be happier
Numerous studies have shown that volunteering not only makes people feel emotionally better but boosts their own happiness. Read more about the research on how kindness makes people feel happier here.
3. You’ll connect with the community
For some people, retirement can lead to loneliness, boredom and a sense of isolation. Volunteering both opens you up to the wider community and connects you with likeminded people.
4. Your health will improve
Studies have found volunteering has many health benefits, including lower blood pressure, reduced stress and a longer life span.
5. You will have a greater sense of purpose
It’s been long known there’s a significant correlation between volunteer work and social wellbeing but research from Duke University and the National University of Singapore that looked at data of 3,200 volunteering Americans found that volunteering just one day a month will give your life a greater sense of purpose.
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