I usually just glance through the AARP newsletter before throwing it on the recycling pile. The articles I tend to hate the most are the ones that begin "10 Tips for Improving (Something)." I hate them because usually eight of the 10 tips describe my failings, one way or another, and I wind up completely depressed.
But the latest issue from AARP has an article called "10 Tips for Better Health." I looked at it quickly, expecting to be scolded, and found to my surprise that Tip #1 is to throw a party. Well heck, we're doing that this coming Saturday night, expecting at least 50 people. We throw parties all the time. Maybe there's hope for us.
Here's the list:
1. Throw a party. (social ties are critical, they say)
2. Adopt a pet. (good to relieve stress)
3. Eat dark chocolate. (something called flavonoids are good)
4. Drink coffee. (protects against lots of things)
5. Drink wine and/or beer. (fight diabetes and cancer, maybe more)
6. Have sex often. (releases endorphins, which are good)
7. Listen to music. (good for the heart)
8. Take regular naps. (good for memory, maybe more)
9. Spend time outdoors. (improves immune system, diabetes, outlook)
10. Don't use soaps containg triclosan (apparently it's evil)
Well, I don't know what triclosan is and we don't have pets, mostly because we travel so much. Never batted .800 on one of these things before. Thanks AARP!