Could chilling out save your life? Researchers say ‘cutting yourself some slack’ could help people live longer

How we deal with stress has a major effect on our lifespan – and researchers say learning to deal with it more effectively could even increase how long we live.  New York researchers say they have found a link between people likely to forgive themselves for mistakes and damage to their bodies caused by stress. The key to a long and happy life, they say, is to ‘cut yourself some slack’.

 

Jane Seymour shares her longevity secrets

Jane Seymour is known for her roles as a Bond girl, a doctor on the new frontier and even a ‘wedding crasher.’ But the award-winning actress is also an accomplished artist, philanthropist and proud mother. She recently sat down with Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing health editor of FoxNews.com to talk about how staying physically and emotionally fit has helped her maintain a successful career for more than 45 years.

Even at 63 years old, Seymour said she always finds the time to exercise.

“I do everything in moderation,” she said. “I work out at least three times a week, I do a combination of light weights, Pilates and
gyrotonics. So I’ve always got every part of my body working.”

 

Is there a happiness gene?

One secret to happiness may lie in genes, a new study suggests.  Denmark and other Scandinavian countries regularly top world happiness rankings, and while many factors influence happiness, genetics may play a larger role than previously thought, according to the study authors.  The new research examined the average genetic makeup of people in more than 100 countries, and compared how similar their genes were to people living in Denmark a measurement called genetic distance. They found that the greater a nation’s genetic distance from Denmark, the lower the reported well-being of that nation.