1. Giving may help you live longer
“Being involved in [giving] activities seems to give people a longer life,” says Stephen Post, a professor of preventive medicine at Stony Brook University in New York. According to a review of research done by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), people who give their time by volunteering have lower mortality rates than those who do not. “We now have [indisputable] evidence that there is a causal relationship between participating in one’s community and [good] health,” says Linda Graff, a volunteerism consultant.