5 Ways Philanthropy Keeps You Healthy

Give back this year and watch your health improve.

BY Neal Broverman

November 01 2012 3:03 AM ET

Reduced stress:
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.