Business bosses happier if they take a break to go volunteering

 
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Senior executives report greater job satisfaction and improved skills if they volunteer for charity, according to a study today from Pilotlight.

Two-thirds of those surveyed found volunteering boosted their job satisfaction. And 85 per cent said it improved their coaching skills.

“There is a wealth of research pointing to the personal benefits of altruism – from physiological benefits to the cardiovascular and nervous system, to social benefits such as larger friendship groups, to ‘ultimate benefits’ such as a greater sense of life satisfaction,” said Dr Beth Breeze from the University of Kent. “Most volunteers intuitively know this to be true – while observers only see them giving, the volunteer is aware how much they are also receiving.”

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