Volunteering Lessens Depression & Extends Life


A warm glow and sense of connection aren’t all you get from volunteering: It can improve your mental health and help you live longer too. A leading researcher explains why.

Most of us know that if we eat our fruit and veggies, exercise often, and avoid smoking, we have a better chance of living longer and healthier lives. But your doctor may not have told you there’s a link between volunteering and health. Published recently in BMC Public Health, the paper finds that volunteering is associated with lower depression, increased well-being, and a 22 percent reduction in the risk of dying.

But there’s more… Go Here for the Story.

Words to Define Your Year

words have powerWhat are the words you want to use to define your new year?

Here are some responses so far:
Alexandra – Creativity, Growth, Simplicity
Martha – Focus, Connect, Momentum
Debbie – Touch, Storytelling, Create
Rebekkah – Reclaim, Rewrite, Renew
Vicki – Passion, Confidence, Balance
Nick – Smile, Fight, Create
Ginny – Basics, Balance and Gratitude.
Marge – Perseverance, well-being, manifest.
Paula – Action, Collaboration, Freedom
Joanna – Love, Passion, Action
Sonya – Publish, Productive, Value
Gail – Write, Speak, Read.
Robin – Ask, Do, Share.
Patti – Grow, Contribute, Action.
Meghan – Mind, Body, Spirit
Margot – Integrate, Connect, Finish
Dana – Creativity, Independence, Outreach.
Jonathan – Quality, Help, and Perseverance.
West – Servitude, Submission, Integrit