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Volunteering helps you live longer (26th August, 2013)

A new study says volunteering is good for us. A research paper in the journal BMC Public Health says helping others improves our mental health and lengthens our life. Researchers reviewed the effects of volunteerism on our health. They said volunteers were less depressed, felt good about themselves, and had a smaller chance of dying early. Australians volunteer most, with an estimated 36 per cent of the population lending a hand.


 
 

Dr Suzanne Richards said her review showed that volunteering improves mental health. More research will find out if volunteering really does this. She said she wasn't sure what biological, cultural and social factors make people want to volunteer. A different study gave three reasons why volunteering helps us. First, it means we get physical activity; second, the social connections help to reduce our stress; and third, it makes us happier.

 


 
 
 

 
 

 
 

Sources:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10259949/Volunteering-could-lengthen-life.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/23/volunteering-happiness-depression-live-longer_n_3804274.html http://www.everydayhealth.com/depression/how-volunteering-can-lessen-depression-and-extend-your-life.aspx

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MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

improves our mental health and

a.

of dying early

2.

the effects of volunteerism

b.

lengthens our life

3.

volunteers were less

c.

a hand

4.

a smaller chance

d.

36% of the population

5.

an estimated

e.

on our health

6.

lending

f.

depressed



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

volunteering improves

a.

and social factors

2.

research will find out if volunteering

b.

connections

3.

biological, cultural

c.

really does this

4.

three reasons why

d.

us happier

5.

social

e.

mental health

6.

it makes

f.

volunteering helps us





LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

A new study says volunteering (1) ___________________. A research paper in the journal BMC Public Health (2) ___________________ improves our mental health (3) ___________________ life. Researchers reviewed the effects of volunteerism on our health. They said volunteers were less depressed, (4) ___________________ themselves, and had a smaller chance of dying early. Australians volunteer most, (5) ___________________ 36 per cent of the population (6) ___________________.

Dr Suzanne Richards said (7) ___________________ that volunteering improves mental health. More (8) ___________________ if volunteering really does this. She (9) ___________________ what biological, cultural and social factors make people (10) ___________________. A different study gave three reasons why volunteering helps us. First, (11) ___________________ physical activity; second, the social connections (12) ___________________ stress; and third, it makes us happier.

VOLUNTEERING SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about volunteering in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

  • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. Change partners often.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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FREE WRITING

Write about volunteering for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

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