Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Rewards of Volunteering

A Los Angeles Times story reports that donating money and time to charitable works makes the donors happier and longer lived.  According to several psychological and medical studies quoted in the article, such actives "elevate levels of neurotransmitters like dopamine," and "impact the release of endorphins, the body's natural opiates, resulting in what has been widely documented as the 'helper's high.'"  Again straining to connect this news tidbit to a legal issue, I ask whether the concrete physical and psychological returns to the donors ought to affect the tax deductibilty of their donations.


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