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

Multiple benefits:
Signing up for a cancer walk or an HIV bike ride requires exercise and, in the latter case, training. There’s also the social benefit to volunteering. You’re exposed to like-minded people who often become new friends—a verified stress reliever and life extender.  

Above: Jeff Smith (right) kisses his partner, Darren Nystrom (left), before beginning the annual AIDS/LifeCycle event in San Francisco, California.

Not sure where to begin? Try VolunteerMatch.org or Idealist.org.