A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science found a linear relationship between the amount and frequency of wealth transfers and the length of individuals' lives. In other words, being generous with your money makes the people you give the money to (usually, aging parents or children) live longer, the authors at the University of Groningen, Netherlands, report. Countries with the lowest mortality risk, such as Japan and France, showed the highest average individual wealth transfers, while countries where people may be less able to share resources, had higher mortality risk. The researchers asserted that financial support "reduces mortality by meeting urgent material needs, but also that sharing generosity may reflect the strength of social connectedness, which itself benefits human health and well-being and indirectly raises survival."

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