Doing good feels good, but science now reports that doing good, specifically volunteering, is actually a cardiovascular risk-factor reducer. The JAMA Pediatrics reported an empirical study that examined the impact volunteering had on the health of adolescents. They found slightly lower cholesterol levels among test subjects and lower body mass index. Such findings suggest a new and socially beneficial way to improve health. While other factors like positive mood, etc. are likely involved in producing this powerful health effect, the evidence is conclusive and gives credence to the maxim: it s better to give than to receive. Read the report for more information.

Schreier HC, Schonert-Reichl KA, Chen E. Effect of Volunteering on Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease in Adolescents: A Randomized Controlled Trial. JAMA Pediatr. 2013;167(4):327-332. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.1100. –