Enjoy Better Mental Health When You Volunteer Beyond the Age of 40

Did you know volunteering was good for your mental health and wellbeing? It isn’t much of a stretch to think along those lines, but research has confirmed it is indeed good for you. But, perhaps surprisingly, it depends on how old you are.

An article in the Daily Mail pointed out that research gleaned from the British Household Panel Survey revealed around 20% of those questioned had done some voluntary work. Volunteering is more common among older people than younger people, and better mental health was also seen in older people.

The research indicated there was a good link between good mental health and voluntary work once people reached the age of 40. That link remained in place for the remainder of a person’s life, no matter how old they were when volunteering. However, no such link or advantage was seen in a person’s younger years.

No one is quite sure why this is the case, but it’s clear there are good health benefits for anyone who is curious about volunteering from their 40s upwards. That’s not to say it isn’t beneficial for younger people, too, of course – it’s simply that mental health doesn’t seem to be affected at younger ages.

Image courtesy of Igor Tymoshenko

Thrift Urban Housing knows only too well the many other benefits that come from volunteering. We are fortunate to have a team of excellent volunteers who help us with many of our projects. If you are interested in giving some of your time to help others in the London boroughs, please do contact us to find out how you can support us through voluntary work. We also accept donations, and you can find out more about how to donate via the same page.

With programmes such as Stay Put, Lots of Shops, and Gillian Advocates, Thrift Urban Housing is regularly doing good things in our community. But imagine what we could do if we all pull together to contribute even more, either in time or in money. With good mental health just one of the many benefits you could enjoy, volunteering is good for all manner of reasons.

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