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It is the secret we are all trying to unlock – how to live long and happy lives.
Science has found the key to success, for men anyway.
In the United Kingdom, men, in general, are not expected to live as long as women – so maybe they need a little bit more help.
The average life expectancy for a man is 79, compared to women who are expected to live until 82 years old.
The reason for women outliving men is down to genetics, according to Medical Daily. Women have two X chromosomes, which provides them with a back-up if a mutation occurs. However, men do not have that luxury – they only have one X chromosome to express all their genes.
Lifestyle factors can also impact how long a person will live.
Here are six ways a man can boost his life expectancy.
The same effect occurs when they look at cute animals.
A 2012 study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, looked at the effects positive thinking had on men’s health.
After a year, positive thinking had a powerful effect on health choices.
More than half of the patients with coronary artery disease increased their physical activity versus 37 percent in the control group, who were not asked to write down positive thoughts in the morning.
The same happened to men with high blood pressure.
More than 40 percent of those with high blood pressure followed their medication plan compared to 36 percent in the non-positive thinking group.
A study in the BMJ found that sex could decrease a man’s mortality rate by as much as 50 percent.
It is all down to sex promoting physical well-being, as well as being a stress reliever – which can help reduce the likeliness of illness.
Not to mention sex releases serotonin, the happy hormone, which makes us feel better overall.
In the study, life expectancy increased by three to eight years in the group who reported more orgasms.
But it also depends on the age they get married.
A survey or more than 127,000 Americans found men who got married after they were 25 were likely to live longer than those who married young.
Researchers have questioned whether healthy men are more likely to marry than men with health problems, but unhealthy men actually marry earlier, are less likely to divorce, and more likely to remarry after divorce or being widowed than healthy men.
Others have wondered whether living with another person has health benefits.
But it seems to be both.