It turns out that volunteerism is one of the secrets to living a Forever Young life.
I didn’t know that when I started volunteering.
Actually, I didn’t really think much about my decision to become a volunteer. I started just because it seemed like the right thing to do. It seemed like a necessary part of a balanced life.
My volunteer work has mostly involved coaching youth sports, feeding needy and homeless persons at soup kitchens, delivering meals to the homebound and community mediation.
I know that people have benefited from my work, and that makes me feel needed, appreciated and proud.
It was only after I had been a volunteer for a while that I realized how much I gained.
What it gives me, mainly, is a feeling of satisfaction because I’m doing my part.
And, get this. On top of that warm glow I get from volunteering, it turns out that there are proven physical and mental health benefits.
Talk about unexpected bonuses!
Yet fewer than 1 person in 10 knows this secret.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fewer than 10% of the American population volunteers on an average day.
The most active volunteers are those over 65, at about 9%. About 4% of those 25 to 34 volunteer and volunteerism increases with each ascending age group.
To see the Bureau of Labor Statistics chart that breaks down volunteerism by gender and age, click here.