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More from Prevention: Surprising Way Volunteering Helps Your Brain  

Turns out there’s a significant correlation between social well-being and volunteer work. Those who volunteered also experienced a lasting boost in woman-in-street-hand-raised-628x363“eudemonic” well-being, or feelings that your life has purpose, the study finds. Why? Volunteering makes you feel good about yourself, and helps you form new relationships with the people in your neighborhood, explains study author Joonmo Son, PhD, a sociologist at the National University of Singapore.

Think you’re too busy? It’s not about how much time you give, Son says, it’s about forming an identity as a volunteer. That means you have to give back regularly enough to consider the activity part of who you are, Son says. In his team’s study, that required just 3 to 4 hours of volunteering each month, but it could take even less for you……..

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