We knew it all along. Shopping may help you live longer.
OK, that's a bit simplistic. But a study released this week in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that older men and women who shopped more frequently had lower mortality rates than those who shopped infrequently. Men even garnered a slight edge over women.
The study focused on 1,850 Taiwanese men and women ages 65 and older who lived independently at home. Study participants were categorized as never shopping or shopping less than once a week (48%); shopping once a week (13%); shopping two to four times a week (22%); and shopping every day (17%).
Shopping more frequently was linked with a number of variables, such as being male, being younger, dining with friends or neighbors, smoking, exercising often, using walking as a means of transportation -- and living longer. Shopping every day was linked with a reduced mortality risk of up to 28% for men and 23% for women.