It's Official: Doing Good Is Good For You

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There is plenty of anecdotal evidence from people who volunteer ​about the emotional benefits ​of​ doing charity. Now, new research confirms it. A joint study by ​​health insurance UnitedHealthCare and ​​online volunteer engagement network​ VolunteerMatch show​s​ that employee volunteerism does have positive effects on the health and wellbeing of the people who participate.

The online survey interviewed 2,705 adults aged 18-plus and was conducted by Kantar TNS, a leading market research firm. The survey was conducted at the end of 2016, using methodology to catch a representative sample of the U.S population.

Called Doing Good is Good for You Study​, the survey reveals 75 percent of adults ​in the U.S. "​feel physically healthier by volunteering​"​—which also creates a stronger bold with their employers.

Besides that, 93 percent reported improved mood, 79 percent felt their stress levels were lower and 88 percent report higher self-esteem for "giving back". Even more impressively, respondents said volunteering made them more likely to feel they have control over their health and wellbeing.

The Doing Good is Good for You Study also found staff engagement and appreciation of their employers increase, and 91 percent said they feel it is important for employers to allow employees to volunteer on paid time.

“The results of this study affirm that volunteering is a relationship that brings people together and can profoundly change the way we think about ourselves and others,” ​said ​Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch​.​

The study was carried out as part of UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well,” ​which aims at inspiring volunteerism.​​

To access the study, follow the link.

Image credit: Do Good. Live Well.