A new study adds whole grains to the list of things that will help you live longer, but it's not the only step you can take to prolong the good years.
A study released in BMC Medicine in March 2015 suggests that eating generous amounts of cereal fibers can boost your health. Whole grains also can help reduce the risk of death from several causes, including cancer and diabetes, by nearly 20 percent.
Sweating it out
A study of Finnish men suggests a link between longer life and frequent visits to saunas, such as this one manned by a Mexican spiritual healer.
Breaking a sweat
The study, released in February 2015, credits saunas for fewer deaths from heart attacks, strokes, various heart-related conditions and other causes.
In 2013, researchers announced that nuts, such as these walnuts being peeled in India, are better for you than you might think.
Working for peanuts
The researchers discovered that people who ate nuts two to four times a week had a 13 percent lower chance of dying during the study compared with those who didn't eat nuts.
Even peanuts -- a legume frowned upon in some diets -- were found to be beneficial.
Hanging out with buddies
Could loneliness lead to poorer health? Quite possibly, according to researchers at the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care at University College London. They announced in 2013 that hanging out with friends could prolong the lives of the elderly.
Eating your veggies
We all know that eating our fruits and vegetables promotes better health. But not every veggie meal is created equal.
Enjoying the crunch
For example, Italian researchers have found that eating as little as one cup of raw veggies daily can add two years to your life. Cooking, in contrast, can deplete up to 30 percent of the antioxidants in vegetables.
Will U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) live longer because of her beliefs? Maybe.
A January 2015 study released in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health gives the edge to liberals when it comes to living longer.
Winning an oscar
That Oscar that Eddie Redmayne won in February 2015 just might add years to his life.
Going for the (Oscar) gold
In 2005, a Canadian professor declared a link between living longer and being honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Unfortunately for Emma Stone, Lego versions don't count.
Just being happy
For decades, scientists have associated positive emotions to longer life. A 2010 study linked happiness to a lower risk of coronary heart disease.
Cup of java
Maybe Gwyneth Paltrow has been reading the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The institute in 2015 linked drinking coffee to preventing malignant skin cancer.
Previous studies already have suggested that coffee reduces the risk of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, depression, liver disease and even early death.
Weddings may cause stress, but marriages may make up for that long term.
Having a life partner
Married cancer patients live longer than their single counterparts, according to experts at the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program.
Simply standing up
When in doubt, just stand up.
Sitting more than six hours a day makes you 40 percent likelier to die within 15 years than someone who sits less than three hours.
Chugging a brewsky
According to a 2002 study, moderate consumption of beer has more health benefits than red wine.
University of Texas Southwestern researchers say that beer in moderation can deliver protection against heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, diabetes and dementia.
Enjoying olive oil
Olive oil is a fat, of course, and all fats need to be consumed in a sane way. But when it comes to living longer, doctors love the Mediterranean diet. The diet, which includes olive oil, appears to protect a person's DNA from damage that naturally occurs with aging.