Take these 20 steps...& live for 20 more years

Sex, tea, veg, more sleep

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS -

Peo­ple who own a pet are less stressed, less de­pressed and can live longer than those who don’t. The calm­ing ef­fect of own­ing an an­i­mal can even re­duce blood pres­sure and lower your risk of a heart at­tack. Own­ers who walk their dogs daily live an average of seven years longer than oth­er­wise sim­i­lar non-dog own­ers. Help­ing oth­ers not only feels good – it could reap big health re­wards too. A long-term study found peo­ple who vol­un­teered reg­u­larly over a life­time lived sig­nif­i­cantly longer

than those who didn’t. Op­ti­mists live 12 years longer than pes­simists. List three good things that hap­pened each day be­fore bed.

Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Car­di­ol­ogy found those who drank lightly (no more than one glass a day for women and two for men) had a sig­nif­i­cantly lower risk of heart disease death. SEX LIFE Twice a week is best for you fam­ily ties are the se­cret of living to 100, ac­cord­ing to a study of cen­te­nar­i­ans. Friends pro­vide emo­tional sup­port, which helps us deal with stress, and feel­ing loved boosts the pro­duc­tion of feel­good chem­i­cals such as dopamine and oxy­tocin, which in turn pro­mote brain growth, com­bat­ing age­ing. Lack of sleep can put you at greater risk of health con­di­tions such as de­pres­sion and heart disease. But even a small im­prove­ment can make a big dif­fer­ence – one study found that just go­ing to bed one hour ear­lier led to a sig­nif­i­cant drop in blood pres­sure – low­er­ing your risk of heart at­tack or stroke. Re­search by psy­chol­o­gist Dr Howard Fried­man has found that the best pre­dic­tor of longevity is how con­sci­en­tious a per­son is. Peo­ple who are care­ful with money, thought­ful, de­tail-fo­cused and like to put ev­ery­thing back in its right­ful place tend to live longer. Singing reg­u­larly could be your best health in­sur­ance pol­icy, a joint Har­vard and Yale Univer­sity study found. Be­ing a choir mem­ber in­creased life ex­pectancy, and con­cluded this was be­cause singing slashed stress, pro­moted a healthy heart and helped ward off de­pres­sion.

Se­ri­ous gum disease can re­duce life ex­pectancy by as much as 35%. Plaque bac­te­ria has been linked to heart disease and other life-short­en­ing con­di­tions. So brush twice a day for two min­utes – not for­get­ting to brush the gums too – and floss be­tween teeth.

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