Who wouldn’t want to live to see 100? We bet Ruth Bader Ginsburg would. Imagine a few extra years to spend with loved ones, see the world, or cast the deciding vote in even more high court decisions.
Here are several research-backed tips to help you live longer. They’re so simple, you can work them into the busiest routines even that of, hypothetically, a Supreme Court justice.
1. Follow a Mediterranean diet.
A 2011 study found that elderly individuals who eat fish, produce and foods high in healthy fats may have a 20 percent increased chance of living longer compared to their peers who don’t follow a so-called Mediterranean diet. This would definitely apply to people who are 84.
2. Spend time with good friends.
Strong social bonds can have a positive influence on your health. Research shows those who have close connections with others are at lower risk of dying early than those who don’t. So don’t shut out your closest pals, even those who vehemently disagree with you politically.
3. Embrace aging.
Getting older is the one thing every person must deal with so don’t make a federal case out of it! A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that adults who had a positive outlook on aging lived an average of seven years longer than those who had a dissenting opinion of the aging process.
4. Consider getting married. (Or remarried. Or supporting marriage for everyone.)
More good news for people who just want to have a state-recognized family of their own: Research shows that marriage can boost a persons wellbeing. A 2013 Danish study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology also found that among men in Denmark, it is more dangerous to be unmarried or divorced than to be married to another man. At press time, same-sex marriages are legal in the United States.
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