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Play a practical joke on someone - a bit of mischief keeps you young!

PUBLISHED: 18:23 07 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:52 11 August 2010

SCIENTISTS have finally proved what we all knew all along – a little bit of mischief keeps you young. A new study also shows that Londoners are more mischievous than people in the rest of the country, but that everyone s tendency to play practical jokes

SCIENTISTS have finally proved what we all knew all along - a little bit of mischief keeps you young.

A new study also shows that Londoners are more mischievous than people in the rest of the country, but that everyone's tendency to play practical jokes declines after the age of 40.

Sarah Taverner, 20, is from Barking, and took part in the study.

She said: "Mischief means cheeky humour to me. It's naughty but not mean. I loving playing pranks on my friends."

The research was commissioned ahead of April Fool's Day by Felix, the cat food company which uses a mischievous cat in its adverts, and involved a scientific trial by an independent research consultant.

The study found that innocent mischief, such as a prank or practical joke, has similar psychological effects to eating chocolate or kissing a loved one.

Neuropsychologist, Dr David Lewis, who carried out the study, said: "Adding a little mischief to people's lives could help stimulate inventiveness and energy, keeping us more youthful as we move into middle age.

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