Rajesh Khanna in the movie Anand had famously quoted that life ought to be big, not long. There’s no disputing that, but would it hurt to live a few years longer? Absolutely not! Who wouldn’t want a healthy long life? Across cultures, people bestow the blessing of a long, happy life on loved ones. But blessings apart, there are science-backed techniques with which you can ensure a long life for yourself. Here are 6 of them.
Read books: If you want to live a longer life, start reading. A study  revealed that compared to non-book readers, bookworms had a 23-month survival advantage. In the follow-up of the study 12 years later, there was a 20% reduction in death risk for the ones who read books.
Eating peppers: This is not a joke, but eating a diet rich in hot red chilli can increase your life span. A study  conducted in 2017 concludes that there is a 13% reduction in death rates among those who ate more red chilli.
Doing social work: Looks like there is some justice in the world, after all. Good people actually tend to live longer according to a study  conducted in 2012. It notes that those who do volunteering work for a specific social cause tends to have decreased mortality rates as compared to those who don’t. But be warned; the study also states that those who volunteer with an ulterior motive have the same mortality rate as the non volunteers.
Having a good social life: Friends are lifesavers in the literal sense. The Harvard Happiness Study  conducted in 2010 states that forging strong bonds with people can aid in extending your life and those who live lonely, isolated life have a higher mortality rate.
Believing in God: We are not here to dispute whether there is a higher power that controls us and guides us. But the belief in one will definitely help in extending your life. A study  conducted on 74534 women who attended religious services at the church showed that these women had significantly lower risk of cardiovascular and cancer mortality. It also concluded that religion and spirituality are underappreciated resources that physicians should recommend to their patients for their long life.
Fasting: Our ancestors knew that fasting has a wealth of benefits. In 2015, a study  vindicating the beliefs of our ancestors proved that a diet that mimics fasting rejuvenates the immune system, reduces cancer incidence, improves cognitive performance and reduces age-related diseases in human beings, helping in prolonging our life span.