9 Hobbies That Will Make You Happy and Possibly Live Longer

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4) Volunteering

Giving back to your community is a very powerful way to combat depression, anxiety, and feelings of loneliness. Volunteering gives people a sense of purpose and has positive effects on mood, self-esteem, and stress levels. By creating varying social situations for meeting new and interesting people, volunteering keeps your mind stimulated. Selflessly coming together for a cause also gives people a strong sense of unity. These are very important emotions which keep volunteers feeling connected and important to their community. Mental benefits aside, the physical act of volunteering will keep your body healthy, too. There are many events and activities you can volunteer for that will get you up and moving in ways you may not be accustomed. Studies also show that volunteering has a positive effect on blood pressure. Regularly volunteering for physical types of events will keep you both your mind and body healthy and happy.

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