Resolved to be Healthier? Add ‘Giving Back’ to the Checklist.


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 revealed that volunteers benefit from reduced rates of depression, an increased sense of life satisfaction and well being, and a 22 perfect 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.


If so, try giving back this Monday, January 20, in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. This “day ON, not a day off” was designated by Congress in 1994, and has since encouraged thousands of Americans to work together to better their communities by volunteering.

The Salvation Army is among the many organizations welcoming volunteers this Monday and throughout the year, and we encourage anyone who is interested in “Doing the Most Good” to reach out to their local Salvation Army by visiting  Volunteers can also enter their zip code at for a list of service opportunities with other organizations in their communities.

As Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Find your local Salvation Army.