What the world’s healthiest people have in common
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They are parents
People who had at least one child lived an average of two years longer than folks who never became parents, according to a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. That may seem surprising at first, considering how parents have also been shown to have less financial freedom, get less sleep, and get sick more often than non-parents. The reason? While they may be more work when they are little, once they’re grown children provide ongoing support and love for their families, they said.