Keys to Longer Life: Puppy, Spouse
Finding love later in life still counts
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2012 8:54 AM CST
The key to long life is good relationships, and maybe a puppy along the way.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The ticket to a longer life: happiness, reports the Daily Mail. In 1940, Harvard researchers reviewed 200 young, white, healthy men; they checked back in on that group every two years. They found that happiness (stemming from factors like marriage, puppies, and friendships) had more of an impact than social factors (like class, wealth, or hometown). Of the 31 men who remained single, only four are still alive today, but more than a third of the men in "good relationships" are still going strong.

If you're middle-aged and unmarried, don't fret—the current head of the study says many of the men found love late in life, and that marriages bring more happiness after 70. And for those 50 and under, how you live life now will impact how you age after your 80th birthday more so than genetics will. He adds, "The finding on happiness is that happiness is the wrong word. The right words for happiness are emotional intelligence, relationships, joy, connections and resilience."

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troy705
Nov 15, 2012 5:03 PM CST
I got a wife and puppy and two girlfriends. I'm gonna live to 120. Or die young and happy.
Drewzy
Nov 15, 2012 4:27 PM CST
I think my eyesight must be going, I missed the comma between puppy and spouse.
Gart
Nov 15, 2012 12:49 PM CST
I avoid both at all costs. Guess I'm dying young :(