We said it. Par. Tay. Being social (without overdoing it) can help reduce the risk of stroke, dementia, and even the common cold. So get out there and make merry – your health may depend on it
- STEP 1
Have a drink with friends – moderate alcohol consumption in a supportive social setting can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, and red wine may improve cardiovascular health.
- STEP 2
Yuk it up
Embrace your inner comedian. Laughter can reduce stress and increase blood flow, which can in turn lower your risk for heart disease.
- STEP 3
Goof off. Play games that elevate your heart rate or that engage your mind. The first can help get your cardiovascular system into shape; the second can help stave off dementia.
- STEP 4
Flirt like a champ. Studies show those who do tend to have higher white blood-cell counts, which helps fight off infection.
- STEP 5
Take frequent vacations: a study shows a correlation between two or more vacations a year and lower rates of depression and improved quality of sleep.
- STEP 6
Regular dancing has been shown to help lower the risk of dementia and osteoporosis; provide a great aerobic workout, and release endorphins for a natural, healthy high. Partying never felt so good!