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Live A Longer And Healthier Life

Small, every day things can help us live a healthy life for as long as possible.

Fall in love. You'll live longer. According to a study by Harvard Medical School, that compared research looking at 500-MILLION people, those who never marry - male or female - live a decade less than married folks, on average. Sure, being single has it's perks... You get to sleep on either side of the bed; you never have to wait for the bathroom. But being coupled-up offers the social support and stress relief that leads to a longer life. Plus, there's someone around to nag you about your health. And yes, the social support of a partner, whether you're legally wed or not - does protect your health too. But if you're single, it's not all doom and gloom.

In fact, having close friends is a big health booster. According to Brigham Young University, it has a bigger impact on a person's health than exercise, losing weight or quitting cigarettes and alcohol. That's because people with close friends take better care of themselves, they take fewer risks and feel less stress. Plus, having conversations with friends keeps our brain active and healthy. It's why people with strong social ties are less likely to develop Alzheimer's.

Another reason you're going to live long and prosper? You like your coworkers. That's huge! According to a Tel Aviv University, people who feel encouraged by their boss, and feel supported by their coworkers are 2.4 times less likely to die prematurely. That's because we spend more time on the job than at home - so we need emotional support while we're there.