Slow Down Aging by Doing This

Slow Down Aging by Doing This

Wanted: Creative thinker. Is that you? It may not be part of your job description, but if you sharpen this skill, your health may thank you.

Why? Because the higher people scored on a creativity scale, the younger their health status.

The live-younger connection
Seems creative work could be one of the best things for your health. In a study, people were asked to rate their health and answer questions about their work. The more problem solving and creativity they honed on the job, the better their health status. For example, those in the 60th percentile on the creativity scale were deemed 6.7 years younger than their peers in the 40th percentile. Why? It's possible that creative work may decrease depression, enhance a mood-boosting sense of personal control and improve cognitive function—all things you need if you want to live to be 100.

Find an outlet
If your work is on the dull side, find an activity that taps into your imagination and allows you to express yourself, like learning to draw, playing music or writing stories. Or write and memorize poetry. Here's a trick for remembering every line.

Take the first steps to growing younger and healthier with the RealAge Test.

Medically reviewed in March 2020.

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