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December 12, 2012

6 simple steps that can help you age healthfully

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And a small 2010 study from Serbia found that having a hobby was linked to a lower risk of hypertension in female emergency room doctors, perhaps because it helped release tension and therefore helped prevent harmful behaviors such as smoking and drinking. Other studies have linked hobbies to keeping your brain active and providing a social connection with others, which tends to make you happier — another factor linked to greater health and longevity.

Philately, anyone?

Pressler is the author of the recently released book "Cheat the Clock," from which this is adapted.

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