Here’s an excerpt from our interview with Dr. Post:
What are some of the most prominent findings you have come across while you’re studying this, if you had to just summarize them?
The best way to get to that is to look at this nation survey I consulted with United Health on. They wanted to know “okay, is this good to be good stuff for real,” right? … It was early 2010, and they surveyed 5,000 adult Americans, and they asked them real simple “Did you volunteer in 2009?”
About 41% of people volunteered. How much were they volunteering? Only about 100 hours per year, on average. So if you break it down, call it a couple of hours a week.
And what were they saying? … 96% said it made them feel happier. There’s been a lot of literature on “The Helper’s High” and this “Giver’s Glow,” how that happens, what’s going on neurologically… so that’s not surprising. 77% said that it makes them feel less stressed… about the same number said it makes them feel more resilient. And that’s important.
I mean it’s really quite amazing. 68% say they feel more physically robust and healthier. I mean, if you could put this in a pill and sell it, you’d be a billionaire overnight. But you don’t need to because it lies within, based on certain kinds of activities.