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Celebrating people in action

That’s the theme of National Volunteer Month. A web site launched last summer has detailed information on how and where Americans volunteer.

I should have included volunteering in my list of things to do to get away from screen times this week.

When people are worried about jobs, debt and lots of other things, volunteering is a good stress reliever.

“Evidence suggests that volunteering has a positive effect on social psychological factors, such as one’s sense of purpose. In turn, positive social psychological factors are correlated with lower risks of poor physical health. Volunteering may enhance a person’s social networks to buffer stress and reduce risk of disease.”*

Iowa ranks 6th in the nation for volunteer work
The average Iowan volunteers 38.3 hours per year.
Lots of interesting information and research findings on the web site, www.volunteeringinamerica.gov.

Plan to volunteer …..very soon.
And should it be with a group of coworkers…..all the better.

*Corporation for National and Community Service, Office of Research and Policy Development. The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research, Washington, DC 2007.

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