Listening practice – "Volunteering" news story

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Volunteering helps you live longer
   Volunteering can make you _______ and help you live longer, according to a new study. A research paper _______ on Friday in the journal BMC Public Health says doing good deeds for others boosts your mental _____ and increases your longevity. Researchers from the UK’s University of Exeter _______ 40 academic papers into the effects of volunteerism on our health. They found that volunteers had _____ rates of depression, an ______ sense of well-being, and a 22 per cent reduction in the chances of dying within the next seven years. Australians ___ the way in volunteering, with an estimated 36 per cent of the _______ lending a hand.

   Lead researcher __ Suzanne Richards said: “Our systematic _____ shows that volunteering is associated with improvements in mental _____, but more work is needed to establish whether volunteering is ______ the cause.” She added: “It is still unclear whether biological and cultural ______ and social resources that are often associated with better health and survival are also associated with a willingness to ______ in the first place.” In a separate study from the University of Michigan, researchers _______ three reasons why volunteering may be beneficial. First, it involves _____ activity; second, the social connections we make help to ____ our stress; and third, it gives us a deep sense of ______.

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