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.
: While this video is awesome, it didn't go to medical school. Always consult your doctor for actual medical advice.
Step 1: Drink responsibly 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.
TIP: Laughing for 10 to 15 minutes burns up to 50 calories, meaning you might actually be able to laugh your butt off.
Step 3: Game on 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 Flirt like a champ. Studies show those who do tend to have higher white blood-cell counts, which helps fight off infection.
TIP: Kissing can burn up to five calories per minute, so get your smooch on with that special someone!
Step 5: Relax 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: Dance 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!
FACT: One study shows that while close connections to family have no impact on a person’s life expectancy, people with big groups of friends outlive those without by 22 percent.