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February 4, 2013

Simple things you can do to live longer

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After taking into account other lifestyle factors, the researchers found 4.3 percent of those who didn't volunteer died within four years of 2004, compared to 1.6 percent of those people who died who did volunteer.

Among other factors, the study authors contributed volunteering to living longer, especially the reasons why people volunteered.

“It is reasonable for people to volunteer in part because of benefits to the self; however, our research implies that, ironically, should these benefits to the self become the main motive for volunteering, they may not see those benefits," said Andrea Fuhrel-Forbis, one of the study authors.

So when it comes adding days to your life, there are definitely some things you can do that will be harder for you to start than others, but fortunately, by just tweaking a few of your ways and sticking to those tweaks, you can increase the chances of sticking around a little longer, because healthy living doesn’t always require a total life shift and monk-like discipline, which is good because if it did a lot of us would be in a lot of trouble.

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