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Feeling young at heart may help you live longer

People who feel young at heart are more likely to pursue physical activity, even it's an activity that's challenging.

A youthful attitude may lead to better eating and exercising habits.

The great baseball pitcher Satchel Paige once asked a profound question: "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?" A research letter published online Dec. 15, 2014, in JAMA Internal Medicine pursued the wisdom of that remark. The research team asked about 6,500 men and women with an average age of 65: "How old do you feel you are?" About 70% felt three or more years younger than their actual (chronological) age. Others felt their age, and still others felt older than their age.

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