Advertisement

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. Got a lot of downtime at work? Find out why daydreaming is an important part of your mental health, too.

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.

The Health Benefits of Having a Hobby
The Health Benefits of Having a Hobby
Bonnie Raitt says her parents would drag her out to play the guitar for visiting family and picking...
Read More
Should I take an afternoon nap to keep my brain healthy?
AARPAARP
You should take an afternoon catnap. Most of the concentration and memory benefits we get from sleep...
More Answers
How can I boost my serotonin levels naturally?
Natasha Turner, NDNatasha Turner, ND
Serotonin increases when we get exposure to natural sunlight, when we can focus on one thing, when w...
More Answers
How Can I Boost My Serotonin Levels Naturally?
How Can I Boost My Serotonin Levels Naturally?