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Tips for Living Longer

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Have a Positive Attitude

Research suggests that having a positive attitude may actually help you live longer. One study of individuals aged 50 and older found that people who had a positive attitude about growing old actually lived more than seven years longer than those with a negative attitude. Optimistic people decrease their risk for an early death by 50 percent compared to pessimists, according to research conducted by the Mayo Clinic.

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“Genes load the gun, environment pulls the trigger,” states Francis S. Collins, M.D., PhD, Director of the National Institutes of Health. What is the secret to longevity? For the first time, research indicates that there are specific genetic variations that can provide a person with an usually long life. However, the importance of a healthy lifestyle and environmental factors should not be overlooked. Here are ten resolutions that you should keep if you want to live longer.

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