BRAIN HEALTH | 8.19.2019 | BY SHILO ZELLER, BSc.
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” - Elizabeth Andrew
Volunteering is a great way to connect with a community, understand others perspectives, or develop a new skill set. It also comes packed with many great health benefits!
Having the opportunity to meet more people and be engaged in a social situation has been shown to increase the levels of serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins - all of those “feel good” neurotransmitters. The increased release of these neurotransmitters can decrease stress levels, feelings of anxiety, and can actually lead to a better immune system. Volunteering also expands your social circle and can decrease feelings of depression and isolation when you are able to connect with individuals of different backgrounds and perspectives.
Similarly, volunteering has been shown to increase confidence levels. By helping out someone (or something) in need, this increases your own self-worth. The better we feel about ourselves, the more likely we are to feel confident in our day to day lives. Staying engaged and involved with the world around you is especially important as we (and our brains) begin aging.
Interested in becoming involved with the LoveYourBrain Foundation? Check out our volunteer page to find out how you can get involved with our yoga or retreat program or apply to become an Outreach Intern.