Psychology Today talks about the long-term benefits of doing a job without monetary expectations. “In fact, during later life, volunteering is even more beneficial for one’s health than exercising and eating well,” notes the source.
It’s mostly due to staying active and connected – the source notes that seniors who volunteer maintain their body and mind from having a regular task. However, it helps to start volunteering early, as this attitude will carry over to your later years more easily, it adds. “Health and longevity gains from volunteering come from establishing meaningful volunteer roles before you retire and continuing to volunteer once you arrive in your post-retirement years,” it explains.