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Volunteering is good for everybody, including you.

If you’ve ever volunteered, you probably noticed a burst of positivity after pitching in or giving back.

If you’ve ever volunteered, you probably noticed a burst of positivity after pitching in or giving back. As it turns out, that feeling is no coincidence—whether it’s cleaning up local parks or stepping out for a walk to support Breast Cancer Awareness, studies show that volunteering can boost both your physical and mental health. As CTCA behavioral health therapist Elaine Smith explains, “When you volunteer you give back, and you get back.”

But what exactly do you “get back” when you volunteer? According to the Mayo Clinic Health System, volunteering can lower stress, reduce the risk of depression and may even help you live longer. As well, Harvard Health Publishing explains that volunteering can help you embrace mental and physical health.

Along with potential health benefits, volunteering can help build social groups, teach new skills and grow your sense of purpose. Volunteering brings people of different backgrounds together to make a connection, share a common passion, and to create positive memories. As Smith put it, “Volunteers are often enthusiastic, caring and compassionate”—the kinds of people it just feels good to connect with.

So how can you start “getting back by giving back?” This October, there are plenty of ways to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Check out our event calendar to find out how you can help support local efforts to raise funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer.

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