9. Spend time with friends
If you can’t stand to jog and refuse to swear off chips and dip, we’ve got good news. Hanging out with your pals may be equally beneficial.
Thomas Glass, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, tracked participation of almost 3,000 people aged 65 and up for over 13 years. He found that social engagements may add as much to your life span as cutting your cholesterol or lowering your blood pressure.
10. Help someone else
Participants in a York Univesity study were asked to be helpful and act considerately toward another person for just a few minutes a day. After six months, participants reported much greater self-esteem and happiness than those in the control group.