So, you’ve decided to volunteer at your local soup kitchen. By all accounts, this should be a win-win. According to scores of studies, the mere act of volunteering—whether you’re feeding the hungry, reading to old people or cleaning beaches—is the best sort of medicine. Volunteering has been shown to lower stress levels, reduce feelings of loneliness and make you feel better about the world and your place in it. And that’s just how it helps you. There are also the This story is from Kinfolk Issue Fifty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 51 Emily Gernild The Danish painter breathing new life into an old medium. Arts & Culture Food Issue 51 Imogen Kwok The artist takes food styling quite literally, creating accessories out of fruits and vegetables. Arts & Culture Design Issue 51 How to Make a Chair And do it on a tiny budget. Arts & Culture Issue 51 Odd Jobs The comedian with strong opinions about your home décor. Arts & Culture Issue 51 Tall Order The hidden depths of height. Arts & Culture Films Issue 51 Vicky Krieps An interview with the actor.