‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. -Gandhi

That’s good news for pain sufferers, since researchers have discovered that helping others can relieve your pain. Consider including volunteerism, (a volunteer vacation), on your bucket list of things to squeeze in before September.

After analyzing surveys of thousands of volunteers across the country by Better Homes and Gardens magazine and the Institute for the Advancement of Health, researcher Allan Luks, a visiting professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service and author of The Healing Power of Doing Good (iUniverse), found that people who regularly help others report better health.

A volunteer vacation is a great way to experience the healing benefits of volunteering and see some great places along the way. Check out our story Volunteer Vacations Can Help Relieve Pain.

Mary Beth Sammons is an award-winning journalist and author of 10 books about the ups and downs of handling life, health and wellness. She has been a regular contributor for publications and organizations which include AOL's Lifestyle network, ParentDish.com, AOLHealth.com, Family Circle, Chicago Tribune, Psychology Today, Crain's Chicago Business and CircleofMoms.com.


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