Habits for a long life

If you are seeking immortality or something closer to living a blissful life for over 100 years – we have great news for you. First, this is indeed possible. There are at least five cities around the globe (called the “blue zones”) where the average mortality is 100. If you live in one of these cities and die before 100, you are the odd man or women out!

Second, there are uncanny similarities in the lifestyle habits of the people from these cities, and in others who live long. Analyzing these habits, experts have been able to pinpoint precisely what can help people live so happily, for so long. Wouldn’t you like to know the secret? Let us explore nine uncomplicated lifestyle habits that can bless you with long, healthy and a gloriously satisfying life, spanning over 100 years.

Love people 

Love people

This does not mean just the near and dear ones who form your inner circle. We are “social beings”. So life not just survives, but fully thrives with a vibrant social life. The more people we meet and greet every day, the longer we exist. So expand your relative circle without worrying, even choosing to connect and celebrate those annoying aunts and cousins!

Meet friends of your friends and their friends too. Join at least one local or social community. This could be a religious (Knights of Columbus which is an organization for example which does all sorts of amazing things for communities) or spiritual group, or an interest group, or even the local library. Find ways to intensely pack your life with people, and love and celebrate them. You’ll be surprised at how intensely you live!

Give up that couch 

hiking

No couch potato lives long. This is an unpleasant but undeniable truth. Mortality extends dramatically when our lives are not just social, but also vibrantly active. Activity does not really have to be a tough session at the gym. You can join a rowing club and have fun with water and with people while you are it. Or, you could passionately start connecting with nature and take up gardening.

If this is not your cup of tea, perhaps a challenging hike is more your style, as you and nature bond like long-lost buddies. The trick is to push your body for sure, but not ruthlessly hard. The best way to kick-start this lifestyle is to throw away your TV remote, bag that pack of potato chips for the next year (or maybe 10-20 years after), and get out in the open be active and meet new people!

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