UnitedHealthcare Study Finds Americans Who Volunteer Feel Healthier and Happier

A new study by UnitedHealthcare and VolunteerMatch found employee volunteerism positively affects the health and well-being of the people who participate, and strengthens their connections to their employers.

The 2017 Doing Good is Good for You Study reveals 75 percent of U.S. adults feel physically healthier by volunteering. The mental and emotional benefits of volunteering are even greater, with 93 percent reporting an improved mood, 79 percent reporting lower stress levels and 88 percent reporting increased self-esteem by giving back.

The study also looked at the role employers play in encouraging volunteerism. Almost three-fourths of employees who volunteer through work report feeling better about their employer, and 91 percent believe it is important for an employer to allow employees to volunteer on paid time.

The Doing Good is Good for You Study is part of UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” initiative, aimed at inspiring a new level of service and volunteerism in communities across the country.