Did you know that engaging in your community benefits your health and wellbeing? It's true, many studies have found positive relationships between activities like community service, advocacy, and activism and positive physical, emotional/mental, and social wellbeing outcomes. Community engagement allows people to have a deeper sense of meaning and purpose, build relationships with others who have similar interests, and often engage in activities that require physical activity. Check out the articles and research below to find out for yourself.


Borgonovi, F. (2008). Doing Well by Doing Good: The Relationship Between Formal Volunteering and Self-Reported Health and Happiness. Social Science & Medicine, 66 (11), 2321 – 2334.

Carr, D. C. (2014). 5 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer. Psychology Today.

Davis-Laack, P. (2012). 10 Things Happy People Do Differently. Psychology Today.

Grimm, R., Spring, K., & Dietz, N. (2007). The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research. Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

Lum, T. Y. & Lightfood, E. (2005). The Effects of Volunteering on the Physical and Mental Health of Older People. Research on Aging, 27 (1), 31 – 55.

Post, S. G. (2005). Altuism, Happiness, and Health: It's Good to Be Good. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 12 (2), 66 – 77.

Self Care

Working for social change is hard and taxing work. Staying healthy and engaging in self care is paramount to ensuring that you are doing the most that you can for your community and not letting your work impair your health. OSU students can access many resources on campus designed to keep them feeling their best. Use the information and links below to find out more about some of these resources.