The Healing Power of Community
According to Forbes, Boomers are responsible for 34 percent of all charitable donations, which amounts to nearly $61.9 billion every year.
During all periods of our life, the importance of engaging in community is paramount to staying vibrant and connected. The reason? When one is socially active and engaged in giving back to the community you are more apt to stay healthy, both mentally and physically. In fact, its widely known that people who keep involved with strong social networks are more active, happier and more supported. Apparently from the Forbes findings above, Baby Boomers are reaping the benefits from being charitable.
There is something to be said about giving back to the community. Whether it be your town, an organization or charity, giving time, help or funds to a worthy cause will bring fulfillment to your life. In fact a study on Volunteering commissioned by UnitedHealth Group found that the overwhelming majority of participants reported feeling mentally and physically healthier after a volunteer experience.
- 76 percent of people who volunteered in the last twelve months said that volunteering has made them feel healthier
- 94 percent of people who volunteered in the last twelve months said that volunteering improved their mood
- 78 percent of them said that volunteering lowered their stress levels
- 96 percent reported that volunteering enriched their sense of purpose in life
- 80 percent of them feel like they have control over their health
- About a quarter of them reported that their volunteer work has helped them manage a chronic illness by keeping them active and taking their minds off of their own problems
- Volunteers have better personal scores than non-volunteers on nine well-established measures of emotional wellbeing including personal independence, capacity for rich interpersonal relationships and overall satisfaction with life.
- Volunteering also improved their mood and self-esteem