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Healthy To-Do: Volunteer For a Cause You Love

Doing community service is good for the world, but did you know it can also be good for your health? Giving your time to a worthy cause can increase your overall happiness.

Fittingly, I learned this while reading a story in Woman's Day entitled "What Doctors Wish You'd Do" — while waiting for a doctor's appointment. According to the article, volunteers who donated just 40 hours of their time per year lived longer than the average person. Plus, it gets you out and socializing with other people, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of depression and Alzheimer's.

Take a tip from Mia Hamm, shown here teaching kids about flu vaccines and soccer, and pick a cause that gets you moving. Plant a community garden, work at a local food bank, or coach a youth sports team. What healthy causes do you devote your time to?

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Quanni-E Quanni-E 6 years
I love Mia Hamm and I always thinks it's wonderful when someone reaches out to educate people. Beautiful. I would love to volunteer.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 6 years
I volunteer once a week for Oxfam Australia. I love my work to death, even though I'm just a sales girl in a retail outlet for the charity I get to educate people on what Oxfam do and why they pay so much for a bag of coffee. I care a lot about fair trade, no sweat and make poverty history.
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