Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “live to give,” which suggests that helping other people is at the core of a worthwhile life. But what makes giving back — whether through time, effort, money, or conscientious consumption — so good for the soul?
One expert explained, “People who volunteer tend to have higher self-esteem, psychological well-being, and happiness.” And studies have shown that higher levels of volunteering are directly correlated with higher levels of overall life satisfaction, less anxiety, and less depression.
If these results are enhanced when you completely immerse yourself in volunteering, you can see how embarking on an altruistic voyage might help you. We thought we’d ask Laura Talley for her opinion on that, after her recent five-day philanthropic trip to Ethiopia.