THE world can feel unkind at times – but experts say if we were all nice to each other we could live at least SEVEN YEARS longer.
According to psychiatrist Dr. Kelli Harding, good sleep, healthy eating, and exercise aren’t the only ways to extend your life — showing kindness can also help.
dr Harding, who explored the theory in her book The Rabbit Effect, said, “It helps the immune system and blood pressure.
“It helps people live longer and better lives.”
Health coach James Ellis of James Ellis Nutrition added: “Being kind and kind to yourself and others influences your happy hormones.
“This can lower your blood pressure and stress levels, which is key to increasing your lifespan.”
Here we reveal the best ways to add years of kindness to your life. . .
BE A GOOD FRIEND
GOOD friends are good for your health.
Studies have found that adults with meaningful connections and social support are likely to live up to 22 percent longer than their less connected peers.
Friends help celebrate the good times, provide support during the bad times, and prevent loneliness.
They also help reduce stress levels during trauma such as divorce, serious illness or death.
SCIENTISTS in the US found that giving help and time to others appears to protect our health and prolong our lives.
In 2013, a five-year study of 846 people found that those who had been generous to others in the previous year were less likely to die while dealing with stressful situations than those who had not.
Smiling not only lifts the spirits – the released cortisol and endorphins strengthen the immune system and lower blood pressure.
A 2010 study by researchers in Michigan, USA, found that big smilers live an average of 79.9 years, partial smiles live 75 years, and non-smilers live 72.9 years.
Children smile an average of 400 times a day compared to the average happy adult who smiles 40 to 50 times a day and the typical adult who smiles just 20 times a day.
A STUDY of 10,000 students graduating in 1957 found that three percent fewer volunteers died in 2008 than non-volunteers.
The ultimate goal of volunteering is to help others.
And when you do truly helpful work, you can make a meaningful difference in someone else’s life while helping yourself.
BE KIND TO YOURSELF, TOO
A 2019 STUDY from the Boston University School of Medicine in the US found that a positive mental attitude can lead to an 11 to 15 percent longer lifespan and a higher likelihood of living to 85 years of age or older.
The secret is not to judge yourself too harshly for not being perfect or hold yourself to impossibly high standards.
And don’t beat yourself up because you made a mistake or aren’t good at something.
BE A GOOD LISTENER
LISTENING keeps your mind young and active for another four years.
It creates mindfulness that helps combat anxiety — and by learning to be a good listener, you contribute to the other person’s well-being.
This releases hormones that make the speaker and listener feel happier, empowered, and more relaxed.
https://www.thesun.ie/health/8532179/live-longer-nice-smile-more/ The six ways to add SEVEN years to your life