5 Ways Philanthropy Keeps You Healthy

Give back this year and watch your health improve.



Quitting smoking. Losing weight. Getting toned. While most New Year’s resolutions are admirable, they’re often heavy on self-involvement. By turning the focus outward and concentrating on giving back in 2013, you can help others while you help yourself. A wealth of studies show that philanthropy in its many forms — reading to children, volunteering at a soup kitchen, cleaning up your neighborhood, taking part in AIDS walks — can yield dramatic physical results for the giver. Here’s what you can expect if you embrace altruism in the coming year.