In the News (from DailyMail):“Being a volunteer is good for the heart as well as the soul, claim researchers.
“A new study shows even at a young age, people who volunteer have healthier cardiovascular systems that could stave off heart disease.
“The study found improvements in several measurements of heart health among volunteers after just 10 weeks of taking part in community programmes. …
“The study involved 106 teenagers from an urban, inner-city Vancouver high school who were split into two groups – a group that volunteered regularly for 10 weeks and a group that was wait-listed for volunteer activities. …
“The researchers measured the students’ body mass index (BMI), inflammation levels – which affect heart health – and cholesterol scores before and after the study.
“They also assessed the students’ self-esteem, mental health, mood, and empathy, says a report published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics… .
“The volunteer group of students spent one hour per week working with elementary school children in after-school programs in their neighbourhood.
“After 10 weeks they had lower levels of inflammation and cholesterol and lower BMIs than the students who were wait-listed.”
My Comment: Since nature is interconnected, then nothing harmful can be in strengthening connections; on the contrary, it is only useful and promotes natural beauty.