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Resolved to be healthier? Add ‘giving back’ to the checklist

Added on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

If you’ve resolved to maintain good health in 2014, add ‘giving back’ to your daily checklist. That’s right, being selfless reaps some self-serving health benefits.

A 2013 study from BMC Public Health published in Time Magazine revealed that volunteers benefit from reduced rates of depression, an increased sense of life satisfaction and well being, and a 22 percent reduction in the risk of dying.

Additionally, regularly engaging in as little as an hour of work once a month just makes you feel good; study participants benefited from increased social contact and reduced feelings of loneliness.

Interested? We have hundreds of volunteer opportunities every single day at our service centers across Minnesota and North Dakota.

Click on “Volunteering” in the community menu on the left-hand side of the page to find a local opportunity that piques your interests. Then, contact us to get started today. It’s that simple.

It’s the kindhearted volunteers like you who help fulfill our promise to do the most good. Whether you have a specific talent to offer or simply an hour of your time, The Salvation Army is the place to turn your passion into action – and to improve your health in 2014!

Adapted from an article posted on