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Volunteering helps you live longer (26th August, 2013)

Volunteering is good for you, according to a new study. A research paper in the journal BMC Public Health says doing good deeds for others improves your mental health and increases your longevity. Researchers reviewed 40 academic papers into the effects of volunteerism on our health. They found that volunteers had lower rates of depression, an increased feeling of well-being, and a 22 per cent reduction in the chances of dying in the next seven years. Australians volunteer most, with an estimated 36 per cent of the population lending a hand.


 
 

Researcher Dr Suzanne Richards said her systematic review showed that volunteering is linked to improvements in mental health. She said more work was needed to see if volunteering actually does this. She said she wasn't sure if biological, cultural and social factors that create better health and survival also make people want to volunteer in the first place. A separate study from the University of Michigan gave three reasons why volunteering helps us. First, it involves physical activity; second, the social connections help to reduce our stress; and third, it makes us very happy.

 


 
 
 

 
 

 
 

Sources:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10259949/Volunteering-could-lengthen-life.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/23/volunteering-happiness-depression-live-longer_n_3804274.html http://www.everydayhealth.com/depression/how-volunteering-can-lessen-depression-and-extend-your-life.aspx

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MATCHING


 
 
 

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

according

a.

depression

2

increases your

b.

36% of the population

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academic

c.

longevity

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lower rates of

d.

a hand

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an increased feeling

e.

papers

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the chances of dying in

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to a new study

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an estimated

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of well-being

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lending

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the next seven years

PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

systematic

a.

volunteering helps us

2

volunteering is linked to improvements

b.

activity

3.

She said more

c.

in the first place

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biological, cultural

d.

review

5.

make people want to volunteer

e.

work was needed

6.

three reasons why

f.

to reduce our stress

7.

physical

g.

and social factors

8.

social connections help

h.

in mental health

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Volunteering is good for you, (1) ___________________ study. A research paper in the journal BMC Public Health (2) ___________________ for others improves your mental health and increases your longevity. Researchers reviewed 40 academic papers (3) ___________________ volunteerism on our health. They found that volunteers (4) ___________________ depression, an increased feeling of well-being, and a 22 per cent reduction in the (5) ___________________ the next seven years. Australians volunteer most, with an estimated 36 per cent of the population (6) ___________________.

Researcher Dr Suzanne Richards said (7) ___________________ showed that volunteering is linked (8) ___________________ mental health. She said more work was needed to see if volunteering (9) ___________________. She said she wasn't sure if biological, cultural and social factors that create better health and survival also make people want to volunteer (10) ___________________. A separate study from the University of Michigan (11) ______________________ volunteering helps us. First, it involves physical activity; second, the social connections help to reduce our stress; and third, it (12) ___________________.

VOLUNTEERING SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about volunteering in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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  • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. Change partners often.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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FREE WRITING

Write about volunteering for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

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