You might think of volunteering as a way to help others. But did you know that volunteering might be good for your own health, too?

The volunteers at Hudson Hospital & Clinic vouch that giving back is a win-win. They regularly tell me they get just as much out of their time volunteering as the patients, guests and colleagues they help.

Many large-scale studies and surveys back up the claim that volunteering improves health. Here are some of the physical and mental health benefits that have been found:

At HealthPartners, we know that a person’s health is affected by more than what we can address in a single appointment. In fact, only about 20 percent of a person’s health is influenced by the medical care they receive.

That’s why the HealthPartners mission is to improve health and well-being. In 2014, we started measuring the health and well-being of the people we serve. One key area that we look at is called life satisfaction, or overall well-being. Volunteering can help people develop strong social relationships, a sense of community and a sense of purpose. And these are three of the seven things that help a person strengthen their overall well-being.

What’s stopping you from donating a few hours a week or month?

There are so many ways to make good happen in your broader community. And across our organization, we are always looking for volunteers, too. Check out how you can help patients and their families at a hospital or clinic near you: