Research has confirmed that volunteering is an incredible way to feel a sense of purpose.
A recent UK study, over 5,000 older people concluded that there is ‘strong evidence’ for the ‘relationship between volunteering and wellbeing in later life’.
The study focused on the indicators of wellbeing (quality of life, depression, life satisfaction and social isolation) and showed that the strength of wellbeing increased when volunteering and particularly improved when the people felt appreciated for their efforts.
Nazroo, J. And K. Matthews, The impact of volunteering on well-being in later life. 2012, WRVS
How to Age Positively, Guy Robertson, Establish what is most important to you. Pg 87-89