5 Ways Philanthropy Keeps You Healthy
BY Neal Broverman
November 01 2012 4:03 AM ET
A long-term study from Cornell University found that people who volunteered were not only less anxious than those who did not, they stayed that way for decades. Giving back may provide people, particularly seniors not busy raising a family or building a career, an important sense of purpose. The benefits can be about chemistry too, as the brain often releases dopamine and serotonin when we’re thinking about helping others.