Volunteering has both emotional and physical benefits on our health. As a interventional pain physician I have a goal of getting people to that point where they feel like reaching beyond their needs and assisting others. In a study of recently retired patients with arthritis Dr. Barlow reported that volunteering led to a new life purpose, pain reduction and a greater desire “to get on with life".
What’s more in a recent study published in Social Science and Medicine, Dr. Morris Okun and colleagues found that those with the greatest physical limitations benefitted the most from volunteering!
- Help you connect with the community
- Allow you to learn new things
- Give new meaning to your life
- Boost your self esteem
- reduce feelings of isolationism
- change your focus from your pain to others needs
- restore balance of giving verses taking