Volunteer – It’s Good for Your Heart!

Information is now coming out about how volunteering actually has health benefits.

According to a recent story in the Green Bay Press Gazette (Feb 21, 2014); “Volunteers have lower blood pressure, lower rates of depression and actually live longer.”

Since February is National Heart Month, it’s a great time to become healthier and happier. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

• Investigate what opportunities there are within a 2 kilometer radius of your home for you to help out someone in need.

• Seek out Charities, Environmental Groups, Aged Care Facilities, Community Centres even ask at your local council who might be needing volunteer help. They often need an extra pair of hands for serving meals, cleaning, grounds keeping, gardening, or picking up rubbish.

• Consider if any of your skills might be of assistance to any individual or groups – locally, nationally, even internationally.

• Educate yourself about the current Volunteer problems so that you don’t innocently end up causing more harm than help. Please read the Volunteer Guide Section in ‘Unsung Heroes Cambodia’ book (2013) available on www.Amazon.com or at www.unsungheros.net.au

• Nothing could be better for your heart than thanking a volunteer. Seek one out today. Volunteering is often called a thankless task. Surprise someone today by noticing the good work they do and give them a heartfelt compliment.

Remember “No one can do everything – but everyone can do something.”

–Shawna Hartley

 

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