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Volunteering can you happier and help you live longer, to a new study. A research paper published on Friday in the BMC Public Health says doing good deeds for others your mental health and increases your . Researchers from the UK's University of Exeter reviewed 40 papers into the effects of volunteerism on our health. They found that volunteers had lower rates of , an increased sense of well-being, and a 22 per cent in the chances of dying within the next seven years. Australians lead the in volunteering, with an estimated 36 per cent of the population lending a .

Lead researcher Dr Suzanne Richards said: "Our review shows that volunteering is associated with in mental health, but more work is needed to establish whether volunteering is the cause." She added: "It is still whether biological and cultural factors and social resources that are often with better health and survival are also associated with a to volunteer in the first place." In a study from the University of Michigan, researchers suggested three why volunteering may be beneficial. First, it involves physical ; second, the social connections we make help to reduce our stress; and third, it gives us a deep of happiness.

 


 
 
 

 

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