Healthy Living 5 habits that help you live longer

Make these a part of your life now so you can reap the benefits for decades to come.

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These days, a Nigerian woman born today is expected to live to 53 years of age, while a Nigerian man is expected to live to 51 years.

While things are better than before as there has been an increase to the expectancy rates, there are a few little tweaks you can make to extend that time even further.

The best part? They involve simple steps like eating chocolate, drinking wine, and getting happier. Check them out below.

  1. Indulge in Some Chocolate- Studies show that eating dark chocolate in moderation (like two servings a week) is associated with a lower risk of heart failure.

  2. Be Happy- The happiest people are three times less likely to die over a given period than the least happy people,according to a 2012 study. It's not just the optimism: happy people have lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and lower blood pressure. Lower blood pressure lessens the threat of cardiovascular issues like heart disease and stroke.

  3. Quit Smoking- There are millions of reasons to ditch the cigarettes, but just in case you think it might be too late for you and the bad effects are already there, research finds that people who quit before age 40 live a decade longer than those who quit later on.

  4. Have a Glass of Wine- Yes, just one.

  5. Keep Moving- Exercise keeps you fit, gives you energy, releases endorphins, the benefits go on and on. Plus, one study found that staying active is associated with a longer life expectancy.

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