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Volunteering May Be Good for the Heart in More Than One Way

Volunteering

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  • People who volunteered for at least 200 hours a year were 40 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who did not.
  • Separate research has shown that states with a high volunteer rate have lower rates of mortality and incidences of heart disease, while volunteering is also linked to lower rates of depression and a greater sense of well-being
  • Volunteering is beneficial for a number of reasons, including providing a sense of purpose and new social interactions as well as adding many hours of non-exercise activity into your schedule

By Dr. Mercola

Volunteering is a simple way to help others, but it's also a powerful way to help yourself.


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