There is a bright side to economists' predictions that many may need to work until the day they die. It can be good for your health. Keeping a purpose in your life, going for a goal, and interacting with other people through work — be it paid employment or as a volunteer — staves off depression and even death, researchers have concluded. One study from
Brigham Young University
equated the health effects of social isolation to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.