Self / 19.12.2016

It’s good to be good: how volunteering boosts your health

By Francesca Specter
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Around a quarter (27 per cent) of us volunteer regularly – once a month – according to a 2015-16 survey, while 41 per cent volunteer at least once a year. But did you know that volunteering can have real life benefits for your wellbeing?

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Put simply, it’s good for you to be good. Helping others can have a wealth of beneficial side effects; everything from improved overall health to feeling a greater sense of purpose in the world. It can even up your work performance, in areas such as time management and teamwork.

Discover more in the infographic below, produced by United Healthcare:



In the February issue of healthy, we talk to three women about how volunteering has changed their lives. Get your copy now at Holland & Barrett or on newsstands.