We reveal the 20 most effective. This is probably down to regular church-goers leading healthier lifestyles. But any strong beliefs — whether political, spiritual or otherwise — appear to help people deal with stress and offer protection against life-shortening heart and respiratory conditions. One Israeli study found that moderate tea drinkers lived substantially longer than non-drinkers. A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found those who drank lightly had a significantly lower risk of heart disease death Image: The five international food franchises set to take the UK by storm 3 Have more sex: Specifically, rates of death from cancer, heart and respiratory disease were reduced, with walnuts and almonds found to have the most benefits.
It halves the risk of cardiac death for women. A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found those who drank lightly no more than one glass a day for women and two for men had a significantly lower risk of heart disease death. Harvard University found people who ate a diet high in processed meats such as sausage and bacon were at a higher risk of death Image: PA Read More Bad vegetarian diet 'is just as unhealthy as eating meat', say scientists 9 Eat more plants, fewer animals Harvard University found people who ate a diet high in processed meats such as sausage and bacon were at a higher risk of death — from cancer and heart disease — than people who got protein mainly from plant sources nuts, soya and beans.
Friends provide emotional support, which helps us deal with stress, and feeling loved boosts the production of feel-good chemicals such as dopamine and oxytocin, which in turn promote brain growth, combating ageing. But even a small improvement can make a big difference — one study found that just going to bed one hour earlier led to a significant drop in blood pressure — lowering your risk of heart attack or stroke.
Getty 14 Do get bogged-down by the details Research by psychologist Dr Howard Friedman has found that the best predictor of longevity is how conscientious a person is. People who are careful with money, thoughtful, detail-focused and like to put everything back in its rightful place tend to live longer. The calming effect of owning an animal can even reduce blood pressure and lower your risk of a heart attack. Owners who walk their dogs daily live an average of seven years longer than otherwise similar non-dog owners.
Being a choir member increased life expectancy, and concluded this was because singing slashed stress, promoted a healthy heart and helped ward off depression.
Plaque bacteria has been linked to heart disease and other life-shortening conditions. So brush twice a day for two minutes — not forgetting to brush the gums too — and floss between teeth. List three good things that happened each day before bed. The habit shortens your life by 10 years and lowers your quality of life in old age. Like us on Facebook.