1. The four keys to health and happiness

    Good health and happiness is a match made in heaven

    It's the four keys to staying happy and in good health -- four statements I hope you can make right now:

    - I enjoy the things that I do.

    - I enjoy being in the company of others.

    - Overall, I look back on my life with a sense of happiness.

    - I feel full of energy these days.

    If you can say those things and really mean them, you're probably pretty happy -- enjoying your life, and treating it like the blessing it is.

    And you could be getting something just as important as happiness in return. You could be getting the gift of good health as you age -- because new research finds that the more seniors agree with those four statements, the better their overall health, especially physical function.

    Happy seniors walk faster and are less likely to suffer disability with everyday activities, according to the study of 3,199 people over the age of 60.

    Being sour and unhappy, on the other hand, will do just the opposite.

    Unhappy seniors, for example, are three times more likely to have problems performing daily activities such as bathing and getting dressed.

    And if that's not enough of a reason to turn your own frown upside down, consider this: Unhappy seniors are also about three times more likely to die sooner than happy seniors, according to an earlier study of good health from the same researchers.

    While they say money can't buy happiness, the study finds that a little wealth can certainly help. But the one thing that helps the most isn't something you can buy at all.

    It's your spouse.

    Married seniors are simply happier than singles, according to the study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

    You've got a lot of reasons to be thankful for your spouse (at least, I hope you do). But maybe that's the biggest one of all.

    Still looking for a reason to be happy? Consider this: Optimism can cut your risk of a heart attack in half and even help ward off stroke. You can read more about that study in this free report from my House Calls archives.

  2. Fruits and veggies can help your heart and mood

    Pick produce to be happier and healthier

    You don't need me to tell you that you should eat plenty of fruits and veggies. After all, Mom already took care of that.

    But have you ever really taken her excellent advice to heart?

    If you haven't yet officially declared the produce aisle your favorite spot in the grocery store, let's see what we can do to change that.

    Fruits and veggies are practically spilling over with the essential antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals you need to fight disease and stay healthy. These nutrients literally help us to fight cancer, heart disease, diabetes, aging and more.

    A large Swedish study tracking the health of 32,500 women for a decade found that those ladies who ate more fruits and veggies were healthier. Even more impressive, they had a hefty 20 percent lower heart-attack risk, according to the study published in The American Journal of Medicine.

    And some research out of Britain finds that that all that might be standing between you and real happiness is a lack of fresh produce. When British scientists dug into the health data of 80,000 men and women they found that those that eat the most fruits and veggies also reported being the happiest overall.

    But the key to these healthier, happier, and heart-attack-free lives all hinged on one little factor... and that's the number of servings.

    In the Swedish study the women who avoided heart attacks were enjoying a delicious seven servings of fruits and veggies a day. And those happy Brits were bouncing through their days downing seven delicious servings a day too.

    Sadly only fourteen percent of adults are getting the seven servings a day they need. Don't be one of them! Grab the shopping bags and plan a trip to the produce aisle TODAY.

  3. Happiness is good for the heart

    Attitude and good stress control are almost as important to heart health as diet and exercise -- and a Harvard analysis of more than 200 studies confirms that an optimistic outlook can cut your risk of a first heart attack in half.
  4. Happy people live longer

    It's the attitude adjustment that could save your life: A new study finds that happy people live longer -- which means a smile might turn out to be the cheapest, safest, and easiest longevity-booster on the planet.
  5. Sex can help women age better

    Sex doesn't just get better with age -- age gets better with sex, especially for women.
  6. The secret to happiness

    A new study confirms what many of our older friends already know: Happiness levels rise right alongside the years.

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