Being Generous Can Boost Your Health

If you want to be healthy and avoid disease, try giving a little.  Research by University at Albany economics professor Baris Yoruk seems to confirm that if you are charitable you are less likely to be sick.  Yoruk analysed tax data showing charitable donations and found that increased allowable deductions for charitable giving were linked to increased health in households that gave more.

He found that only 0.8 percent of the charitable group in his research reported poor health.  36.6 percent reported excellent health and rates of heart attack, cancer, high blood pressure and other diseases were lower.  Among those who did not give, 4.9 percent reported having poor health and only 20.5 percent reported having excellent health.  It seems those who give shall recieve a life with fewer medical issues.

Posted by Steven Parr

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