Want to find happiness in your golden years? Try volunteering. According to a new study, older adults who spend time volunteering on a regular basis live happier and healthier lives.
Compared to those who did not volunteer, the study found volunteers had a better sense of well being and less depression and it's not how much time that counts. More than 30% of the nearly 3,000 seniors in the Florida State study volunteered about 70 hours a year, which turns out to be about an hour and a half a week.
The benefits for them were so great that the study makes the conclusion that in addition to making financial plans in retirement, it's also healthy for people to consider how they would like to invest their time, energy, and talents as they grow older.
This study was lead by Jim Hinterlong, an assistant professor of social work at Florida State University and a team of researchers from Washington University and Adelphi University. It is published in the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.