Tip of the Day

Science has only just begun to document the effects of social support on your health. But a growing body of evidence suggests that staying connected with others can buffer or reduce some of the health-related effects of aging and stress — and even extend your life. Staying involved with your community can mean different things to different people. Reaching middle age means that you likely have plenty of wisdom and experience to share. Put those assets to work by offering your time and talents. Tutor at an elementary school, work at a food bank, campaign for a favorite political candidate or deliver for Meals on Wheels. Volunteer with an organization whose cause you support. Or head to your local library, a church or a religious group to find out about more volunteer opportunities. Choose activities and groups that work with your health and time. (Source: Mayo Clinic, online at www.mayoclinic.com.)

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