Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: Rare flesh-eating bacteria kill boy within days > Health-in-Motion 19 April 2017 Volunteering for a worthwhile cause will keep you healthier Volunteering for a worthwhile cause will keep you healthier. That’s the conclusion researchers arrived at after analyzing data for over 40,000 Europeans. They found that even when other factors, including age, education and gender, were taken into account, people who volunteered tended to be as healthy as non-volunteers who are five years younger. Among the possible reasons are that volunteering increases physical and cognitive activity, improves self-esteem and social standing, and causes the release of the hormones oxytocin and progesterone which are involved in regulating stress and inflammation. 0 More: Daily Dose: Rare flesh-eating bacteria kill boy within daysHealth-in-Motion advertisement Other news Fitness 5 reasons why old-school aerobics is still the best workout Parenting What’s the best sex position to conceive a baby? Sex Can the Pill lower her sex drive? Your questions answered Lifestyle This is why you have to pee so often in the morning Lifestyle SEE: The science of smartphone addiction Medical Can gene therapy be used to cure Aids? From our sponsors Managing diabetes in the workplace Back-to-school with diabetes Discover treatments that can help reduce acne What can I do to reduce or remove acne marks? Live healthier Fact or myth? » Clearing up the confusion around coconut oil Coconut – the 'fruit of life' Can coconut oil really help you lose weight? Experts dish on the high-cal weight-loss tactic. Sobering perks! » 5 tips to avoiding a hangover Can you really be allergic to alcohol? Is giving up booze for a month actually worth it? Many people commit to "Dry January" – but does it do your body any good?