Saturday, February 7, 2009

More Years to Your Life - 6 Longevity Tips

According to New Straits Times, a local newspaper, you can add more years to your life. Here's how:

  1. Having faith (+7 years): Scientists at the University of Iowa in the United States found those who attended religious services at least once a week were 35 per cent more likely to live longer than those who never attended church or other faith-based events. Being actively involved in a spiritual community boosts the immune system and keeps clogged arteries at bay.
  2. Being female: (+10 years): Women outlive men in nearly all countries, usually by about 10 per cent of the average life span. While the male hormone, testosterone, can lower "good' cholesterol levels, the female hormone estrogen increases "good' cholesterol levels.
  3. Caring for a pet (+2 years): Pet owners tend to visit their doctors less often and are less likely to suffer from depression. Stroking or being near a pet can also lower heart rates and reduce blood pressure levels.
  4. A room with a view (+2 years): A room with a good view lift our mood, ease stress and provide a deep sense of optimism. Research has shown that hospital patients who were assigned to rooms with a pleasant view recovered faster from an operation and were discharged sooner than those looking at a brick wall.
  5. Being happy (+9 years): Research has found that optimistic people tend to act in healthier ways than those who are negative - getting more exercise and taking part in more life-affirming social activities. According to a variety of studies, a positive outlook also means quicker recovery from illness and injury, a longer life and less chance of disability. It's also thought that happiness may boost the immune system by increasing the number of cells available to fight viruses and bacteria.
  6. Marriage (+7 years): Married couples generally outlive their divorced, widowed or unmarried counterparts. Californian research found people who never marry are two-thirds more likely to die early. Those who are happily married are less likely to have financial difficulties or physical or mental problems than those who aren't married.

Just imagine, you exercise every day, you eat a balanced diet and you don't smoke and by adding the above contributing factors to your life, giving an average life span of 70, how much longer will you live?

1 comment:

  1. Hmmmm.... how can you add uncontrolable factor like gender to your "tips"?
    Tips = something we can do.

    Do you mean if someone undergoes a sex change and become a woman, he can live longer?


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