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Quiz: Good Deeds and Your Health

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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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2015 People's Choice Voting Closed

Voting for WebMD's 2015 People's Choice Health Hero is now closed. The winner, chosen from these four celebrity health advocates, will be announced here on Nov. 5 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. 5.

  • Christina Applegate

    Christina Applegate

    This TV star and breast cancer advocate champions for early detection of the disease.
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  • Glenn Close

    Glenn Close

    This actress takes a stand to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.
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  • Carrie Fisher

    Carrie Fisher

    By sharing her personal struggles with bipolar disorder and drug abuse, this actress helps raise awareness and combat the stigma of mental illness.
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  • Jeff Gordon

    Jeff Gordon

    This NASCAR champion isn't idle when it comes to helping children with cancer or stamping out hunger for older adults.
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Scenes From Our First Gala

WebMD Health Heroes Honored

Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC's Good Morning America, hosted WebMD's Inaugural Health Hero awards in November in New York City.