Social relationships are generally good for mental health, but too much social activity can backfire, leading to fatigue and feelings of guilt when there isn't enough time to nurture relationships.
Movie star and comedian Tiffany Haddish, left, is a former foster child who now advocates on behalf of foster children.
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Visits between foster children and their biological families are being disrupted and reunification hearings delayed.
Charities played a vital role in the reconstruction of post-war Britain. But they had a very different relationship with the government.
The number of visitors to the restored wetlands is increasing each year, as is the wildlife.
An Indian volunteer in Delhi sanitisers a driver delivering food from an emergency kitchen.
The work of volunteers is political and that matters.
College students don’t have to appear in person to do good.
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With colleges and universities having moved their instruction online due to COVID-19, an ecologist shows how service learning can take place in the virtual world as well.
Social distancing is easier at drive-through food pantries like this one in San Antonio.
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A volunteering expert offers guidance on how to help at a time when you may need to keep your helping hands to yourself.
The main characters of ‘The Good Place’ become better over time.
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Brain science suggests that seniors care more about the welfare of others than younger folks do.
Volunteers in Washington help prepare food packages for people made suddenly unemployed by the pandemic.
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'Mutual aid' groups are springing up all over. It's a concept first described by Peter Kropotkin in the 19th century.
The vast majority of Americans are sick and tired of being so divided.
A psychologist explains how to reestablish civil political conversation in your own life.
For many Australians, the bushfire disaster could represent a turning point: the moment they adopt new, long-term behaviours to help nature.
Scientists can now track butterfly migration in real time with the help of volunteers.
Citizen scientists across North America have contributed over 1 million observations to this online platform, generating data useful for researchers.
The former site of a Panama City plumbing business remained a pile of debris months after Hurricane Michael.
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The gravity and force of this Category 5 hurricane that lashed the Florida Panhandle and other Southern states may never have fully registered on the public’s radar.
Politicians routinely criticise young climate strikers as not making a difference. But the reality is quite different.
Conscripting young volunteers to combat climate change is not necessary. Australians aged 15-17 already have the highest rates of volunteering in the country.
Cub Scouts outings aren’t possible without dedicated volunteers.
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Scholars researched whether bestowing awards on volunteers who pitch in with the Boy Scouts made a difference. The answer seems to depend on whether the recognition is expected or not.
Could these extra hands do more for the nonprofits they assist?
JFK shaking hands with one of the first Peace Corps volunteers in 1961.
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No matter how well-intentioned, volunteers who may be inexperienced can't solve the entrenched and complex social problems low-income communities endure.
By acquiring knowledge of other places and people, travel can make us more peaceful in our interactions with others.
Central American migrants playing soccer at a temporary shelter in Tijuana.
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This help is often given in kind rather than in dollars and cents. Without it, these migrants might have nowhere to go and nothing to eat.
Family is far more important for developing engagement of young people in civil society than previously thought.