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Voluntarily Happy--Do Gooders are Feel Gooders

     About 25% of Americans volunteer. Volunteering our time, energy, and money is the right thing to do. We all know that, but now studies show that this habit boosts happiness. Those who work to further the causes they value are usually much happier and healthier, experience fewer aches and pains, and even live longer. But there's even more: studies show that helping others in itself causes happiness.

     Volunteering enables us to grow in unexpected ways. We learn something new and/or we're teaching someone else and in addition we're making something better. As the poet William Butler Yeats observed, "We are happy when we are growing." Gretchen Rubin, Good Housekeeping columnist wrote a book on happiness and says "volunteering allows us to build and strengthen relationships" which means that happy people have better relationships with family members, friends, and co-workers.
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