Submitted by Marina Hodson
You may be familiar with Margaret Mead’s famous quote:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
But did you know that it will not only change your community, it can also improve your health? Studies over the past 20 years, including an extensive Canadian Community Health Survey on Healthy Aging, have found that people who volunteer have lower rates of depression and mortality than people who don’t volunteer.
Evidence suggests that community involvement can have a positive effect on a person’s mental health by providing meaning and purpose and has been shown to decrease blood pressure in adults over 50 which may improve cardiovascular health. Rush University Medical Center reported that people with chronic pain experienced less pain and disability when they volunteered 1-2 hours each week.
And of course we cannot forget the positive feelings created by helping someone who needs it. So do something that will benefit both you and your community and may even change the world – Volunteer!
Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT