Study suggests charity is not only good for the spirit, but good for the body-- impacting high blood pressure, lung disease, and arthritis in particular.
"Ingredients for a healthier body are less pizza takeout, kale smoothies, a regular gym routine, going to bed early and — giving to charity. In a new study in the Journal of Economic Psychology (pay wall), economist Bariş Yörük finds that charitable giving is correlated with better overall health and specifically reduces the probability of being diagnosed with high blood pressure, lung disease and arthritis. In addition, Yörük suggests that increasing tax reductions for 'charitable giving not only would increase the amount of charitable donations but also may positively affect the health status of the individuals in the United States.'" -- Deborah Sutton, the Deseret News