As the old saying goes “Grandkids are god’s gift for not killing your children,”generally it isn’t taken too serious.
However we would all agree that being a grandparent is an incredibly heartwarming experience.
The natural love that you have for your children is similar to that for your grandchildren while being part their lives and seeing them grow is exciting.
Whats intriguing is that caring for your grandkids could actually help you live longer as well?
According to a recent study published in the journal of Evolution and Human Behaviour.
There are some interesting findings from the Berlin Ageing Study, which included 500 participants aged 70 or over.
The study shows that those who provide care for a grandchild reduced the risk of dying over a 20 year period, as opposed to those who didn’t.
In simpler terms, babysitting could actually scientifically improve your lifespan.
However it is important to note that the study did not include those who had primary care but was only limited to those who babysat regularly.
According to Dr Ronan Factora of the world famous Cleveland Clinic “There is a link between providing this care and reducing stress.
“If providing this care to [grand kids] and others…is one way that we can actually reduce stress, then these activities should be of benefit to folks who are grandparents and provide this care.”
Being happy heals your body!
Dr Ronan also places emphasis on other aspects such as being healthy and physically active which are critical for achieving a longer and happier life.
Naturally, this shouldn’t imply that looking after your grandchildren for two hours consistently will enable you to live until you’re more than 100.
Doctors recommend that you remain physically active as much as you possibly can, as well as staying connected with others and to keep yourself occupied with chores.
Physical and cognitive stimulation are important factors to keep your body healthy in later life, so maybe consider taking care of your grandkids.
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