The Health Payoffs of Time Banks

By Tina Rosenberg

Friday’s Fixes post about time banks resonated with readers.  Time banks are local organizations that allow people to use their skills to help others by exchanging hours instead of money. You earn time dollars by, say, taking a neighbor to the doctor, and spend those time dollars on the same number of hours’ worth of other services, such as computer repair or singing lessons.  Strikingly, very few readers talked about what they could get from time banks; most  responded to the possibility of giving.  “The chance to help others and feel good about myself makes the bargain seem better than I thought possible,” wrote Ajasys from Vancouver, Wash. (41)  — a typical comment.
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