We all want to live rich, full and long lives. Now clearly what you do now can impact how long you live (even if it doesn’t feel like it.) Things like taking care of your body, being part of happy relationships, and even laughing every day, can do wonders for your health.
But are there other, not-so-obvious things you haven’t even considered that could prolong your life? A chart from Information Is Beautiful that collected data from a number of sources including various published science papers found the following can add some years.
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Ok so this one isn’t too surprising but interestingly but women who have high levels of cynicalness, even though they tend to live longer than men, are 16% more likely to die earlier.
Have a long-lived maternal grandfather
Wow. Seems a little random but apparently, this is a factor, especially for men.
Hang out with women a lot
This is another one geared for men. If you have more gal pals, you will live longer! So go grab some women. No, don’t grab them. Politely and not creepily make friend with them. This one could add as many as 15-plus years!
Drink more red wine with friends
Have more pets
Dogs (and I guess cats) are awesome. And our furry friends help both sexes live longer.
Live in the country
Sorry city dwellers, but country mice may live longer.
That’s right. If you are thriving and succeeding in your career you tend to live longer.
Have a long-lived sibling
If they have good genes, you probably do too.
Live at a high-altitude
You may want to consider a move to Colorado.
Though it seems like more of these were geared towards men, don’t worry ladies. First of all just being a woman gives you a leg up on the life game. Other more obvious findings for pro-longed life included regular health checks, getting married, quitting smoking, eating healthy, living healthily (diet and exercise combined) and avoiding cancer and heart disease.
As for things that are shaving years of your life, well some of them are pretty obvious but there are a few you may be surprised by.
Sleeping too much
Even though sleep can be so wonderful, sleeping too much is not a good thing. Catching up on sleep on the weekends can actually be quite bad for your health.
Again not surprising. Try to stand more.
Eating red meat
Apparently one can eat too much steak.
Suffering from severe mental illness, smoking and becoming obese were also listed.
Go to church regularly
Bringing a little faith into your life can have a positive effect.
Have more orgasms
Too bad this isn’t more helpful to women but this apparently makes life worth living for men. According to IIB, you should aim for 350 a year.
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