Can supporting your favourite charity actually make you healthier?
We’ve all heard the expression, “give ’til it hurts.” Now, some researchers are talking about “give ‘til it heals.” Can giving money to charity improve your health and physical well-being, too?
Yes, according to the Institute of Noetic Sciences which recently highlighted some research that suggests that giving is good for you – for your health, your happiness and your sense of purpose.
The IONS report identifies three aspects of gifting – altruism, interconnectedness and compassion – that have been positively linked to physical health by various researchers.
One study found that a correlation exists between the degree of generosity and patients’ descriptions of better health, more positive emotional well-being, higher self-esteem, and a sense of personal control in their lives.
Is giving things away a key to longevity? Hard to say, but being part of a community, being connected to the world, and having a sense of purpose and meaning do have the potential to cause you to be healthier and live longer.
What do you think? Does charitable gifting actually cause you to be healthier, or is it just a coincidence?
By Gordon Powers, MSN Money