The Margin: 50 secrets to living a long, happy life: work from home, get a pet and go outside

Here’s a list of happiness hacks that will give everyone something to smile about.

While most recommendations for living and aging well tend to embrace healthy eating, exercise, social connections and having a sense of purpose, this list of 50 joyful activities pooled by more than 2,000 U.K. adults over 55 embraces the benefits of indulging in guilty pleasures (in moderation) as much as following more traditional advice to enjoy a long, satisfying life.

The British healthcare group Bupa UK commissioned the survey ahead of Care Home Open Day on June 28, which highlights elder care centers. The adults ages 55 and up revealed that they first realized “the secret to a happy life” at age 49, on average.

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