Having faith adds an extra six years to your life, claims a study. But, even if you’re not religious, there are plenty of other ways to boost your lifespan by up to 20 years. We reveal the 20 most effective. 1 Believe in something Religious people live six years longer than atheists, says research by Ohio State University. This is probably down to regular church-goers leading healthier lifestyles. But any strong beliefs – whether political, spiritual or otherwise – appear to help people deal with stress and offer protection against life-shortening heart and respiratory conditions. 2 Ditch your flat white for a cuppa tea Good old-fashioned tea is packed with antioxidants that help your body fight heart disease, cancer and premature ageing. One Israeli study found that moderate tea drinkers lived substantially longer than non-drinkers. But remember to give it a good stir before removing the tea bag – research shows this releases 15% more of the … [Read more...] about 20 ways to live 20 years longer
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Spaniards sleep fewer hours and work longer days than their European neighbors, but are less productive. At the same time Spain fails to attract overseas talent, while tens of thousands of well-educated Spanish youngsters are heading abroad in search of work. The country also has one of the EU’s highest school drop-out rates and a work culture hostile to the needs of families with young children. Meanwhile, its birth rate is fast approaching negative as its population ages. In short: it’s the perfect storm. It’s long been a cliché that Spain is a great place to live but a terrible country to work, and over the last five years, as the economic crisis has bitten deeper, many of those lucky enough still to have a job are finding themselves working harder, often for lower wages and with fewer resources, as their employers strive for greater competitiveness. While it’s true that official figures for the average number of working hours have fallen in recent … [Read more...] about Spain – A great place to live, a terrible place to work?
A former soldier from Derbyshire who bravely battled cancer for years longer than doctors expected has passed away. Tributes have been paid to courageous Ken Pensom, from Hartshorne, who defied medical experts time and time again while fighting bowel cancer. And the 72-year-old even had his family thinking that "he was going to live forever". However, in March this year, his condition worsened and the former soldier and HGV driving instructor died with his wife at his side, leaving all who knew him devastated. Now his daughter and wife have shared their memories of the "big softie" who fought to the very end. The avid Liverpool supporter was diagnosed with bowel cancer in October 2011, after undergoing an annual screening test. The news was a shock to him but his family said he approached it with his "army-barmy" spirit and took it on the chin. Daughter Victoria, 36, said: "Dad was such a fighter in true army fashion but he was also the most kind-hearted person you could meet and … [Read more...] about Ex-solider fights on for SIX years after being given months to live
A MUM and her two kids were forced to live in Airbnb temporary housing for three years after their landlord accidentally rented their home out to other people. Fiona Haslam, 46, was forced out of her three-bedroom rented house in Longbridge, Birmingham, after the property was hit by a car in March 2014. The family were put up in temporary accommodation by the Optima Community Association while the house was repaired. However, what she thought would be a short wait turned into three years after the landlord accidentally rented the home out to other people. Initially, the family was placed in a Premier Inn in Longbridge for three months, before moving to a house belonging to one of Fiona’s friends. After hearing nothing from the housing association for several months she called to check on the progress of the repairs. Fiona recalls: “I asked if they had finished building and they said ‘Yes we’ve moved tenants in’. “I said ‘I am the tenant!’ … [Read more...] about Mum, 46, and her two kids forced to live in Airbnb for THREE YEARS after landlord accidentally double-rented their home
More and more of us are living to a ripe old age, but how many spend our twilight years in good health? Dr Dawn Harper, star of Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies, claims there is an important distinction between simply living longer and living healthily for longer. She explains: ' A year ago I was at GP meeting where we were discussing the fact that we are all living longer, when one of my colleagues commented that she didn't think we were living longer, she thought we were just taking longer to die. Dr Dawn Harper, star of Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies, claims there is an important distinction between simply living longer and living healthily for longer 'Her comments played on my mind and I found myself thinking more and more about the, sometimes cavernous, gap between longevity and healthy longevity. 'I have far too many patients reaching an old age but living their last years, and sometimes decades, in ill health with a poor quality of life.' RELATED ARTICLES … [Read more...] about Embarrassing Bodies’ Dr Dawn Harper on how to live well to 101