1. Get organized
People who live well-organized lives tend to live longer than less careful types, perhaps because they look after their health better.
2. Shop till you drop
Shop regularly and you may live longer. Social contact, better physical fitness, and greater mental agility are the key factors.
3. Go for walks with your dog
Dog ownership can provide a physical and emotional boost. Walking together will improve your fitness and protect against feelings of loneliness.
4. Have faith
Research shows that positive emotions associated with attending religious services—such as hope, faith, forgiveness, joy, compassion, and gratitude—can help to reduce stress.
5. Log on
In one study people age 55 to 76 who carried out a series of web searches all showed increased activity in regions of the brain that control language, reading, memory, and visual ability.
6. Play with grandchildren
It gives you the chance to pass on family values and traditions and to teach practical skills.
7. Don’t retire young
Success, even in a demanding job, can enhance well-being. So if you’re in good health, you may not want to give up work entirely.
8. Love your age
You’re more likely to have better coping strategies and be more likely to seek support when you have problems if you try to see your cup as half full, rather than half empty.
9. Embrace thick skin
Psychological hardiness (mental resilience in the face of stress, anxiety, and depression) is crucial for survival, especially as we get older.
10. Don’t assume you need less sleep
It’s a common myth that we need fewer hours of sleep as we age, but evidence suggests this is not true. Having fewer than six hours of sleep a night can adversely affect your mood.