by Jessica Sanders 

Social relationships are as important in predicting good health as blood pressure, obesity and physical activity, according to a study by House, Landis & Umberson in 1988.

Since this groundbreaking study in the late 80s, there’s been a significant amount of research done to determine the health benefits of volunteering, which also provides social benefits. Most find that the advantages are huge, but not just for the people you’re helping.

“The results of a survey …