Volunteering gives a "helper's high"

By: Suzanne Nogami Email
By: Suzanne Nogami Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - You've probably heard of a runner's high, but what about a “helper's high”?

According to a new study, this feeling is common for people who just volunteered.

It also says volunteering is not only beneficial to your community but also to your health.

The study followed thousands of participants age 55 and older and found volunteering reduced their risk of mortality by 47%; a statistic some local volunteers believe to be true.

"It's so rewarding to be a volunteer. Most people, I think, look at it for specific, private, personal reasons. My feeling about it is it makes me feel good. Really makes me feel like I'm achieving something and doing something meaningful," said Judith Forward, volunteer.

Another study also showed that volunteer's motive also plays a part of their reduced risk of mortality.

Those that volunteered to help others saw more benefits than those that were only motivated by self-oriented reasons.

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