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Volunteer and Add Years to Your Life!

By Sara Butler

People volunteer because it makes them feel good. It’s always a plus to feel as if you’re helping to make the world a better place. But a new study reveals that volunteering may actually add years to your life. Yes! Volunteering helps to keep you active, may help you to keep extra pounds away, and also keeps your memory sharp. It’s a completely natural way to keep you young. If you’re in the market for something to do with your spare time, here are a few ideas to help you get started – it might help you live longer!

Join a Local Cleanup Crew

There are several organizations out there that need volunteers to help cleanup efforts, especially if you live near the coast. You can find opportunities with organizations such as The Ocean Conservancy that can help to make your little corner of the world just a little bit more beautiful. If you live in the country, go out and pick up trash on the side of the road – anything can help, and it’ll help keep you active.

Volunteer at a Shelter

Across the country, animal shelters are always looking for people to help them take care of the animals. Volunteer to take the puppies and dogs out for exercise, or help to keep their cages clean. Heck, just having some one-on-one time with an animal is good for your physical and mental health.

Help at a Local Organic Farm

Reach out to organic farms in your area to see if they need volunteers. This is a great volunteer opportunity because it gives you time outside, you’ll get to meet new people, and you’ll get to learn more about the process of organic farming.

Collect Food for a Food Bank

Helping to provide a hot meal for someone is a truly noble endeavor, so collect food for your local food bank or reach out to them to find out how you can help. You can try homeless shelters, food pantries, or other organization in your area that helps to feed the hungry. Meals on Wheels is always a great place to start!

Become a Tutor

If you like to read or you’re good at math, then put your skills to good use by helping a child or an adult hone their skills. Check in with your public libraries for volunteer opportunities or contact adult literacy centers or schools in your area to find out more.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

 

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