Life gets better with age
Maybe you’ve seen the inspirational meme that goes something like, Life is not about the number of breaths you take, but about the number of moments that take your breath away. Turns out, that may not be just flowery talk – in fact, a July 2022 article in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Psychology cited 2021 research that suggested when we perceive ageing as ‘gain-related’ (in other words, believing that life gets better with age), that perception alone ‘was predictive of longer survival’ when it was compared to average all-cause mortality rates among people who saw ageing as ‘loss-related,’ or negative.
So it’s not just healthy habits that might help you live longer – your spirit toward ageing factors in, too. Here, we share recent years’ research that reveals some unexpected habits of those people who somehow seem to stay forever young.
People who live well-organised lives tend to live longer than less careful types, perhaps because they look after their health better and avoid risky behaviour, concluded the US-based Longevity Project, a landmark eight-decade study.
Shop til you drop
Shop regularly and you may live longer, found a 2011 study of around 2000 people over age 65 in Taiwan. The researchers found that men who shopped daily had a 28 per cent lower risk of dying early than those who shopped less often; among women, the risk reduction was 23 per cent. One main takeaway was that getting out in general can help us stay feeling well.