4 ways to increase your life span

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keys to longevity - good friends and marriagePeople are living longer than ever, thanks to improved diet, health care and sanitation.

For some people, however, they are heading towards an early grave. With the ‘advances’ of modern life, also come increased pressure, commitment and stress.

These can lead to heart conditions, diabetes and other stress-related illness.

Here are 4 easy ways to increase your life span!

Make it green

If you live in the city, you can add years to your life with a simple walk in the park. Studies show that people who had access to green areas increased their longevity by three per cent.

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A study carried out in Australia shows that a network of great friends; not family, could be the key to longer life. The scientists believe that friends help us take care of ourselves and provide us with a listening ear.


A 20 year study at the University of Warwick concluded that married men live an average of three years longer than their single counterparts.

What about the women?!

Meaningful work

if you’re stuck in a boring job, now’s the time to take steps to find something you enjoy. Scientists have discovered that people whose work is dull and repetitive are at a higher risk of heart attacks than staff who have exciting and varied jobs.

What about you? What is your secret to a healthy and long life?


  1. SavvyChristine on May 8, 2009 at 7:57 am

    I was pretty sure that the same study about marriage increasing lifespan in men showed that getting married actually decreased women’s lifespans. But I don’t have the study right in front of me, so I couldn’t point out exactly where it said that. Still! Food for thought.

  2. John Lennon on May 9, 2009 at 6:13 am

    Good article

  3. Vin | NaturalBias.com on May 10, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Great tips! All four of them are significant sources of fulfillment that many of us have taken for granted.

    Most of us already enjoy nature, have good friends and are already married but are miserable at our jobs. So many people are stuck trading time for money at a job they don’t even like. It’s definitely an area that many of us need to reflect on. Identify your passions and figure out how to make a living from them!

    A great book on the subject is Career Renegade by Jonathan Fields.

  4. Mrs Green on May 11, 2009 at 8:16 am

    @SavvyChristine: 😀 oh my, that is so funny. Do we stay single and let the men die young then?! LOL!

    @John Lennon: Thank you – glad you liked it. Which bits are you doing and which could you do more work on?

    @Vin | NaturalBias.com: Hi Vin, welcome to the site. Thank you for the book recommendation. I agree with you; so many people are stuck in jobs they hate, earning money to buy the things they are told will make them happy …
    Your site looks wonderful; I just took a look. Keep up the great work and keep spreading your message 🙂
    am now following you on twitter under @myzerowaste

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