To prolong your life, avoid being a recluse. That’s the conclusion of a new Chinese study that links socialising with longevity. Participants with an average age of 89 were tracked for an average of five years – or until death. The results showed the more they socialised, the bigger the impact. Those who did so early every day stayed the course 87% longer than those who had no such contact. And the scientists found that even after adjusting for health, wealth and other relevant factors, such going to the bridge club, joining a walking group or having drinks with friends, for example, remained statistically significant.