In the time it will take you to read this sentence, you could have done something to extend your life by a decade.
The science has long been in: Stress can make you sick, leading to everything from winter colds to chronic disease. Conversely, being happy is scientifically proven to lead to a longer life.
Thankfully, you can chill out—now and in any stressful situation—in as little as one second, using these 10 proven, lightning-fast techniques from Best Life. Employ them liberally during the holidays—and to add even more years to your happiest and healthiest life, click here for our free special report: 100 Ways to Live to 100!
1 Second: Go blue
Using swear words can reduce stress and boost camaraderie among coworkers, researchers found. Just make sure you’re in the right company when at your company—and choose your words carefully, so you don’t get in trouble with HR.
5 Seconds: Pop Fish Oil
People with the highest levels of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids are happier and more agreeable. Try a 400 mg supplement daily. Fish like salmon are also high in omega-3s. Stock your kitchen with those and these 25 Foods That’ll Keep You Young Forever!
10 Seconds: Eat Dark Chocolate
The flavonoids in cocoa relax your body’s blood vessels. Go dark; skip milk chocolate.
30 Seconds: Get Acupressure
It’s a quick tension releaser and can reduce stress by up to 39%, Chinese researchers say. Don’t miss these other guaranteed 10 Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure All Day!
30 Seconds: Sit Back
Leaning at a 135-degree angle is the best sitting position for alleviating back pain, scientists say.
1 Minute: Add Garlic
Its main ingredient relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow. And it’s not the only food that has near-medicinal qualities. Add these 20 Amazing Healing Foods to your shopping list today!
3 Minutes:Brew Tea
In one study, stressed-out men who drank tea saw their stress-hormone levels drop 47%!
5 Minutes:Watch YouTube
Just the anticipation of laughing reduces stress hormones by up to 70%, Califonia researchers found. Need more inspiration? Try these 25 Ways to be Happier Now!
8 Minutes: Budget Wisely
Men who don’t budget spend an average of 36% more on holiday gifts, according to a survey.
10 Minutes: Just Do It
Having sex regularly lowers anxiety, stress and blood pressure, a Scottish researcher found. So keep those home fires burning. And to make the most of every day, start checking off these incredible 50 Things You Must Do Before You Die.