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THE LAV NEWS
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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Live Longer and Healthier

 

 


We were delighted to welcome some new volunteer faces to several programs in and around Lumby, but we are still in need of more helping hands and smiling faces.

As a child, whenever I got a bad grade, felt left out, or was having a rough day, Mom always said, "Why don't you go out and do something for someone else?"   Turns out there was science behind Mom's advice.  Practicing philanthropy is one of the surest steps you can take toward a happy healthy life.  Here's why:

Longer Lifespan

A 2013 review of 40 international studies suggest volunteering can add years to your life – with some evidence pointing to a 22 percent reduction in mortality. The important thing is that you are doing it regularly.  And you needn't be older to benefit.  A  recent study found that high school students saw a drop in their cholesterol levels after volunteering with younger kids once a week for two months!

Greater Happiness

Did you know that when you volunteer, plunk a quarter in the Salvation Army Kettle, or walk for a cause, the reward center of your brain pumps out the mood-elevating neurotransmitter dopamine, creating what researchers call a "helper's high".   Interestingly, those who spread their goodwill over the course of a week showed no such boost.  Research shows people who volunteered one day a week for six weeks or longer enjoyed the highest boost.  It appears each action has a cumulative effect.  The more nice things you do, the more people will respond, and the better you'll feel!

Together we can make a difference in our lives and the lives around us.  Give Dawn a call at 250-547-8866 to discover your opportunity.