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BY Caroline Beaton
But really, voting is good for your health.
One study published in the journal Child Development found that young people who voted were more likely to have higher incomes and better health 15 years later than those who didn’t vote. They were also more likely to eat healthy and report fewer depressive symptoms.
You could chalk this correlation up to a variety of factors, like preexisting health conditions or socioeconomic status, except that voting is part of a larger, more robust correlation between social ties and health. Humans need community, and voting is one concrete way to connect.
Another study in the American Journal of Public Health found that low voter turnout is associated with poor self-rated health, even after controlling for potentially confounding variables like income.
Voting is also good for your kids’ health. Children who are engaged in their communities are less likely to partake in risky behaviors such as drug use and violence. “There is also some evidence that talking about politics may help kids become better critical thinkers,” University of Michigan psychologist Marc Zimmerman told CBS.
And then, of course, voting on political measures directly related to healthcare may tangibly improve your health by making health services more accessible.
But the intrinsic benefits of voting aren’t just physical; they’re also psychological. In a study published in Political Psychology, psychologist Tim Kasser linked political activism to positive emotions, connection with others, well-being, and feelings of freedom and aliveness. Another study, led by political scientist Lynn Sanders, found that voting reduces the risk of future psychological issues, particularly among people who have previously suffered from depression.
Sanders reported that voters’ wellbeing is especially enhanced when they think about all the ways their lives will improve if their preferred candidate or cause wins.
Finally, voting helps people feel more in control of their lives. This “internal locus of control” is repeatedly linked to better life outcomes. For example, ex-offenders whose right to vote is restored are three times less likely to return to prison compared to ex-offenders who are permanently disenfranchised – which Zimmerman speculated is related to locus of control.
Civic disengagement is one of the most treatable public health concerns in America. It’s fast, free, and will help restore our nation’s sanity.