2. Grow spiritually
People who attend regular worship services have lower rates of hypertension and lower mortality from cancer and respiratory, circulatory and digestive diseases. Is it the sense of deep meaning and peace? The built-in social network? The relinquishment of everyday worries to a higher power? No one knows, but research suggests that weekly attendance can add three or four years to your life.
Try this: Attend a religious service, or connect to music, art or nature. Try adding a spiritual layer to an everyday task. “While I’m doing the dishes, I’m thanking God for those dirty dishes,” chuckles 105-year-old Jean Holmes of Carleton Place, Ont.