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    What does volunteering give you back?

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    What does volunteering give you back?

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    People who give their time get both! Volunteers say they feel high self-esteem, low levels of depression, and are happy with their lives. Better heart health is also one of the many benefits of working to help others, studies say.

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    Giving is like eating chocolate, only without calories.

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    Giving is like eating chocolate, only without calories.

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    Both rev up your brain’s reward center, which makes chemicals called endorphins. These give you that happy glow known as the “helper’s high.” It seems doing good for others can be as habit-forming as candy.

    How much volunteering does it take to improve your health?

    How much volunteering does it take to improve your health?

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    You can get a major boost to both your mental and physical health from as little as 2 hours of volunteering a week.

    Volunteering helps you heal.

    Volunteering helps you heal.

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    People who volunteer recover faster from a wide range of ailments -- including depression and heart attacks -- than those who don’t volunteer. They may also feel less pain.

    The act of giving -- whether it’s time or money -- is what benefits your health.

    The act of giving -- whether it’s time or money -- is what benefits your health.

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    It’s not the giving so much as the feelings that giving creates: the sense of kindness toward loved ones, strangers, and even foes does your body good. All that positive energy cuts stress hormones and lowers chemicals that can cause inflammation -- and disease.

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    2016 People's Choice Voting Closed

    Voting for WebMD's 2016 People's Choice Health Hero is now closed. The winner, chosen from these celebrity health advocates, will be announced here on Nov. 3 and in the November/December issue of WebMD Magazine.

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    Find out who won and see coverage from the awards gala on Nov. 3.

    • Anthony Anderson

      Anthony Anderson

      Like the Black-ish character he plays on TV, Anderson has type 2 diabetes. He works health messages into the show's script -- reaching millions of viewers.
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    • Cameron Diaz and Sandra Bark

      Cameron Diaz and Sandra Bark

      This duo co-authored two best-selling books about women's health, broaching the topics of nutrition, fitness, self-acceptance, and embracing the aging process.
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    • Padma Lakshmi

      Padma Lakshmi

      This Top Chef host co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America and is an ambassador for Keep a Child Alive, which works to end AIDS.
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    • Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen

      Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen

      These Hilarity for Charity co-founders know the effects of Alzheimer's firsthand and have found a unique way to fight the disease -- with laughter.
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