Recession Good for Your Health

Finally some good news about the recession!  Apparently we’re living longer; mortality rates dropped and life expectency increased not only during the Great Depression, but also during the recent economic downturn.  Although this might seem a little backward when we initially think about it, it actually makes perfect sense.  Here’s my favorite part of the article:

“It is known that people tend to smoke and drink less, and they tend to eat out and drive less often, Tapia says. Although these are often for purely economic reasons, it can translate into fewer fatalities, he says.

Another theory is that in poor economic times, people come together and support one another more than they do when an economy is roaring.

‘This would improve the level of social cohesion and social support and could have a protective effect on health,’ he says.”

Is it any wonder that these changes, specifically the ones made in regard to smoke, drinking, etc. would make a difference?  It wasn’t a surprise to me, but I’m glad there is now some research behind it.  Regardless of how much money you make (or whether or not you have a job), these are all good changes to make.  Move more, eat better, live clean…it’s good for the body!