If you or a loved one is getting up in years you know how lonely aging can be. Your health may be declining. You find yourself losing friends to nursing homes… or worse. You may have even lost a spouse.
It’s really no wonder that it can be a challenge to keep your mood up.
But new research has uncovered a way to send your spirits soaring and it turns out, once again, we actually didn’t have to look any further than the Bible for the fix. According to the new study, published in the journal BMJ Open, being a Good Samaritan by helping others through volunteering can give your mood a huge lift.
Volunteering can lift your mood AND boost your health
Doing volunteer work makes such a big difference because it keeps you active and engaged with other folks. And let’s face it, it’s hard to feel down when you are doing good things for other folks.
According to researchers the older you get the MORE benefits volunteering will have for you, helping to keep you happy over the long term. In fact, no matter who you are volunteering delivers big on the benefits. Men and women, rich and poor, black and white… all the groups that researchers looked at got a boost from being a Good Samaritan.
And it turns out you don’t just feel better, volunteering can lead to real world physical health improvements too. Studies have found seniors that become isolated and withdrawn as they age tend to be sicker and can even begin to battle cognitive decline.
To find a volunteer opportunity near you check at your local senior center or pay a visit to the secretary in your church’s office. Nursing homes, after school programs and even concert halls and local theaters are often looking for volunteers too.
If you have a bit of extra time on your hand why not follow the example of the Good Samaritan and be a good neighbor by volunteering? Because it turns out when you do some good for others you’ll be doing some good for yourself too.
Dr. Mark Stengler has appeared as a medical expert on FOX, CBS, NBC and hosts his own weekly PBS TV show, “Natural Healing with Mark Stengler.”
He’s also written 17 books, including “Prescription for Natural Cures” and The Natural Physician’s Healing Therapies which have now sold over 1 million copies.
When he’s not busy sharing his knowledge of amazing alternatives to toxic mainstream therapies, Dr.Stengler practices what he preaches at his state-of-the-art Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine in Encinitas, California.
Dr. Stengler has treated tens of thousands patients of all ages, with a wide range of health conditions, such as...
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What makes Dr. Stengler different is his diverse medical training in conventional medications and natural alternatives.
This means he can combine the best of modern technology and traditional time-tested therapies, for safer, long-term treatments.
His track-record of success with this breakthrough approach has earned him national acclaim as “America’s Natural Doctor.”
Dr. Stengler completed premed studies at Mt. Royal College and the University of Calgary, and graduated from naturopathic medical school at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He is Board Certified in Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Stengler lives in San Diego County, California with his wife and three children. He enjoys quality time with his family. His hobbies include several sports and theological studies.
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