Middle-aged and elderly people can boost their mental well-being by volunteering, a new study has suggested. However, those under 40 are less likely to reap such benefits, according to the report’s authors.
Previous research has linked volunteering to mental well-being but this is the first time that researchers have examined whether it is beneficial to different age groups.
Published this month in the journal BMJ Open, the combined Southampton and Birmingham Universities research is based on data obtained from 5,000 households across the UK. Questions on volunteering were asked on numerous occasions between 1996 and 2008. Survey participants were also asked about their general health and well-being.
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