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Which Single Habit Has You Living Longer?

2013-11-14 07:03
Happy Baby Boomers

For Baby Boomers of the modern age, the need to find an immortality serum becomes more important, feeling the years weighing down on their shoulder the older they get. If you belong to this group, it might interest you to know that one simple behavior change can lengthen your life my many years.

Whether you are a social butterfly or an old maid with only a dozen cats for company who doesn't even see the old grouch living next door, you most definitely want to live your life. For Baby Boomers of the modern age, the need to find an immortality serum becomes more important, feeling the years weighing down on their shoulder the older they get. If you belong to this group, it might interest you to know that one simple behavior change can lengthen your life my many years.

What's this secret to living longer as you get older?

I'll let you guess.

Anna lives at home on the outskirts of town with few neighbors, most of whom drive to work daily and are not around for her to keep company with. She doesn't drive and cannot get anywhere without someone else's help. She will die within the next 5 years, not due to any severe health problems. Her sister, Alyssa, lives downtown in a high-rise. Her neighbors are around her age and often get together to play Bridge or Hand. Alyssa is a member of an NGO that provides social security support to vulnerable women in her community. She doesn't drive either and her health is the same as Anna's. She will outlive her sister by at least 10 years.

What's the secret? If you guessed social activities, you are quite correct. After all, it is not easy to live without much to do, particularly if you are alone and retired. Social company and helping others, well that's a great way to waste the last years of your life, enjoying the moment and giving back to the community.

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According to a study, social activities that involve groups coming together and working towards a goal may be the key to later institutionalization and a longer, healthier life.

Which social activities are the best for reducing mortality?

According to a longitudinal study by Towson State University, these are the favored activities current Baby Boomers enjoy that keeps them happier, healthier and living longer:

  • Going to a church/synagogue/temple/mosque
  • Volunteering
  • Keeping company with good neighbors
  • Going out with friends
  • Calling friends over the phone

A good marriage is also key in loving happier, longer. Add a pinch of sexuality to the mix and live a healthy lifestyle where you feel younger (hence looking younger as well) and the fact that you are part of the older Baby Boomer generation will not really matter.

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Comments

Going to church regularly was proven in earlier studies to have you live longer. I have worked in a church as a Music Director for eight years and can support those studies. Many elderly people, who were involved in regular worship and singing in our choir had very full and active live. I didn't notice any depression in them, not much sadness. Just full of love and activity. They would come to church few times a week to volunteer. Thank God they are in their 80s now and still very active.
Sounds about right! I've seen those involved in any religious institution who regularly volunteer and help host internal and external events are happier and healthier overall