At DEFENDERS, we have a strong commitment to our local communities. We know how important it is to give back to others. We wish we could say this was completely selfless, but the truth is, we get something out of it too! Supporting local charities benefits those in need, but we also love what it does for us. The Doing Good is Good for You Study reported that 71 percent of employees who volunteer through work report feeling better about their employer. Giving can have significant health benefits, as well as advantages for mental health and team morale.
Did you know that giving can actually improve your health? In fact, the study above revealed that “75 percent of U.S. adults feel physically healthier by volunteering.” There are actually tangible health improvements for those who give to charitable causes.
One of the primary benefits of giving to others is a reduction in stress. According to the aforementioned study, 79 percent of those who volunteered in the past 12 months experienced lower stress levels. This is a significant metric, given the variety of health issues associated with high stress. WebMD reports that long-term stress can lead to the following medical conditions:
Lower blood pressure
High blood pressure can result in cardiovascular disease and other heart issues. A study by Health Psychology conducted in 2016 indicates that giving can actually lower your blood pressure. The report surveyed 186 adults with high blood pressure. They were tasked with donating more to causes and then followed up with two years later. Those who spent money on causes exhibited lower blood pressure.
Longer life span
Giving isn’t just for others, it can have a positive impact on you as well. Did you know that your giving nature can result in a longer life span? One study conducted at the University of Berkeley found that individuals over the age of 55 who volunteered with two or more organizations were 44 percent less likely to die in that five-year period.
In today’s fast-paced world, many adults suffer from stress and anxiety. In fact, the American Stress Institute reports that 77 percent of Americans regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress. The positive effects of giving aren’t limited to physical improvement. Giving has a significant impact on our mental health, as well.
How we feel about ourselves is important. A positive perception of self is a strong indicator of happiness and overall well-being. The Doing Good is Good for You Study referenced above reported that 88 percent of those who volunteered in the past 12 months experienced improved self-esteem. Healthy self esteem can have a notable impact on your overall health and quality of life. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Self-esteem affects virtually every facet of your life. Maintaining a healthy, realistic view of yourself isn't about blowing your own horn. It's about learning to like and respect yourself — faults and all.”
At DEFENDERS, we know that a positive attitude goes a long way! A positive mood can lead to improved morale and higher productivity. The Doing Good is Good for You Study revealed that of those who volunteered in the last 12 months, 93 percent reported an improvement in mood. An enhanced mood can positively affect your mental health and help to improve the quality of life in those around you.
Finally, giving makes you happier. The Doing Good is Good for You study revealed that 78 percent of people feel they “have greater control over their health and well-being.” Ultimately, giving leads to happiness. Doing good has so many positive effects for the giver that it doesn’t make sense NOT to. What are you waiting for?