Harvard Health Letter

Volunteering can be good for both mind and body

Science backs the mood-boosting benefits of being of service to others.

The upcoming holidays may inspire you to volunteer your time and talent to a deserving cause or person. And it's a gift that will come right back to you. "We grow up learning that it's better to give than to receive, and the evidence shows that it's actually healthy for us," says Dr. Michael Craig Miller, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.


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Volunteering staves off loneliness and depression, and it makes you feel good.

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