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Reasons Why Giving Back is Good for You

It feels good to give. Sure, giving back should be an altruistic, selfless notion, but the truth is that giving back is good for both the giver and the recipient.

You may live longer

Volunteering may not just be good for the recipient of your time and kindness, but it may be good for your own health too. Researchers found a 20% increase in mortality among volunteers compared to non-volunteers.

You may be happier

Volunteering makes people happy. People who volunteer have lower levels of depression, increased life satisfaction, and a more positive well-being than those who do not do volunteer work.

You will set a good example

Children who make an effort to perform acts of kindness report being happier and feeling more accepted by their peers. Being kind to others can have a cyclical effect in that those who are kind are less likely to be bullies, and those who are kind (and therefore more accepted) are less likely to be bullied. So let’s be a good example for the next generation and teach them ways to be kind to others.

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