Debt can be stressful, and stress can be bad for your health. But some debt may actually be good for your health and even prolong your life, a new study from LendingTree suggests.
Researchers evaluated 797 U.S. counties on how various forms of debt—from mortgages to student loans—can possibly influence a person’s health and even life expectancy.
Notably, researchers found that a higher mortgage debt relative to income is linked with a higher life expectancy.
“That trend reaffirms the idea that homeownership is ultimately a good thing. This is despite the fact that a mortgage is on