5 fun ways to live longer

We all know that good health relies on us following a healthy lifestyle. Eating, drinking, sleeping and exercising in moderation will keep us on the straight and narrow. But healthy living isn’t just about green salads (hold the dressing!) and power walks; there are some indulgences that are actually good for our health (like chocolate!) that you really won’t mind adopting into your lifestyle. Here’s five of the best:

Dark chocolate

Want to protect your body from aging? Then eat a little dark chocolate each day. Research has shown that 45g of dark chocolate each day can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol.

It has to be dark, there are no health benefits to eating milk or white chocolate I’m afraid. Dark chocolate contains plant phenols, which are responsible for the lowering of blood-pressure. It also contains antioxidants, which protect the body against cancer and heart attacks.

To enjoy the good health effects of dark chocolate, don’t eat it while drinking milk. The milk blocks our ability to absorb the antioxidants in chocolate, which is why milk chocolate doesn’t have the same health benefits.

Red wine

While no-one is ever going to suggest that going overboard with alcohol is going to do you any good, a glass or two of red wine each day has got the tick of approval from medical researchers. Red wine contains the antioxidant, resveratrol, which protects against the effects of aging. Red wine lowers the risk of heart attack by 30-50% and can prevent additional heart attacks if you have previously suffered one.

Red wine has beneficial effects on cholesterol too. It raises the good cholesterol (HDL) and stops the bad cholesterol (LDL) from forming. Drinking red wine can also help protect against blood clots and blood vessel damage.

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It turns out that laughter really may be the best medicine! Aside from promoting a sense of wellbeing, laughter also has a beneficial effect on our hormones. Laughing reduces the stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. On the flip side, it increases the level of feel-good hormones like endorphins and neurotransmitters. A good belly laugh also boosts our immune system by increasing antibody-producing cells and the effectiveness of T cells, which play a vital role in the maintenance of a strong immune system.


We all know that good sex makes us feel good. But aside from strong pelvic floor muscles and restorative sleep afterwards, there are other health benefits to sex . Having sex once or twice a week can actually protect you from catching colds and other infections because of the antibody, immunoglobulin, that is produced.

Sex is great for easing pain too. Headaches, PMS and arthritic pain have all been shown to improve after sex as a result of the hormone oxytocin being released into the bloodstream. With higher levels of oxytocin in your system, endorphins (the feel-good hormone) increase and these block pain.


You know that with a good night’s sleep you feel like you can tackle anything, right? Well, there’s science to back up the way you feel. Sleeping well plays a key role in the maintenance of our metabolism, memory, learning and immune function. While our bodies rest during sleep, much work takes place to repair the damage caused by stress. Tissue repair also occurs during sleep so sleeping well really does make your skin look better!

Hormones are also regulated while we sleep so too little sleep will have a detrimental effect – particularly in children because human growth hormone is only released during sleep.

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  1. MuddledUpMolly 01/12/2019 at 10:50 pm

    All of these things I have only ever heard good things about but I still can’t bring myself to enjoy dark chocolate. I do think that with persistence I could start to enjoy a small glass of red or two and it’s good to know that it is good for cardiovascular health.

  2. Alezandra 01/12/2019 at 1:32 pm

    Not a red wine version but I would definitely go for dark chocolate. We tend to get so busy and we always have excuses of not having enough time that we tend to neglect our health and mental well being.

  3. Micht 30/11/2019 at 11:39 pm

    There is alot of research related to the above things mentioned and it has proven to work…in my opinion its better to attend to the body and soul well and avoid stress…

  4. Bevik1971 27/11/2019 at 3:55 pm

    Ok so I do like dark chocolate and do partake of that at times, I don’t like red wine at all so none of that. The sex yes I knew that it’s good for all sorts of ailments and if I wasn’t so darn tired I’d partake more often lol 🙂 The sleep thing evades me though sadly, can’t actually remember the last time I had decent nights sleep 🙁 All good tips though!

  5. dawnblyth 26/11/2019 at 4:21 pm

    You had me at chocolate!! HAHA. I actually can understand why combining all these things would make you live longer. They are all really positive things in our lives, and we need to keep filling the positivity bucket up each day!

  6. Loucyd3 23/11/2019 at 10:43 pm

    These are some great tips , I really do believe laughter is the best medicine, I have heard about dark chocolate and red wine being good for you too ( in moderation of course)

  7. SarahBlair 23/11/2019 at 7:39 pm

    I can totally get behind this!! And doing all of these fun things will help me to live longer!?!? Im in! Now to just get more sleep and im sorted!

  8. Mands1980 20/11/2019 at 11:09 am

    These are some great tips to live longer who doesn’t love dark chocolate and drinking red wine I do anyway in moderation of course. Laughter is great for you and definately makes you feel better and lots of sleep at night.

  9. Jen_Wiig 19/11/2019 at 5:14 pm

    These are so awesome… Definitely ones I can enjoy trying to live by. I’d always heard that red wine was a really good drink to have a glass of for your heart etc, I even remember my very old school midwife tell me way back that if I was a drinker and felt like a little drink red wine was a good option (I will say this was before there was ALOT of research and links to fetal alcohol syndrome).
    Dark chocolate I’m not the biggest fan of… Chocolate in general actually but if it means longer life I’ll certainly deal with it haha.

  10. Shorrty4life1 11/11/2019 at 10:36 am

    Great tips to help you live longer. I love the dark chocolate one. I mean who doesn’t like to indulge in chocolate let alone to make you live longer. reading the sex part was interesting to see that it also strengthens up your pelvic floor muscles. Laughter well I definitely believe that. A happy life is a good life.

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