Tuesday 08, Nov 2022

The benefits of giving back to the community

by Kylie Paatsch

The benefits of giving back – Helpers High

We all know that giving back is a great way to help others and support the community, but did you know it can help you too?

A team of psychologists dating back to the 1980’s discovered that research participants involved in charitable activities experienced a heightened state of euphoria when helping others. They dubbed this uplifting feeling “Helpers High,” and further research has proven it is not only good for us mentally, but also physically.

“Helpers High” releases those fabulous feel good-chemicals known as dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin which in turn reduce your stress hormone cortisol and lower cortisol means better brain and immune function, as well as better weight control, lower blood pressure and relief from depression and chronic pain.

A study done by Harvard University found those of us who contribute our time and money are 42% more likely to be happier than those that don’t.

So, what can you do to help others and improve your mental and physical health?

Here are 10 ways you can assist:

  1. Spend time with seniors in the community
  2. Mentor someone
  3. Pick up litter
  4. Share your talents
  5. Coach a team
  6. Organise a fundraiser
  7. Help build a home
  8. Give blood
  9. Help the homeless
  10. Participate in one of the Volunteering days in your local community

Plus, it is a great way to bring your team together build relationships which we all know is good for your mental health too!

The Geelong Chamber will have a corporate volunteering day coming up in 2023, located at Encompass’s Paddock. Please follow our events to find out when we will bring you this exciting volunteering event championed by our wellbeing team. 

This article was brought to you by Kylie Paatsch from our wellbeing team.