4. Do some good
Helping others helps you. “Stop saying, ‘Woe is me,’” says Merrell. “Stepping outside yourself and giving selflessly is incredibly life-affirming.” Seniors who volunteered for charitable organizations had more than a 25 percent decreased risk of death over the next four years compared to non-volunteers, even after adjusting for chronic illnesses and disabilities, according to a 2009 study from the University of California, San Francisco, and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. A 2007 study found that states with high rates of volunteerism also had lower rates of mortality and depression.
Try this: Do one act of kindness. Volunteer in your child’s school, take a meal to an ill neighbor, help out at your local animal shelter.