4. Live with a purpose 


Here is the straightforward truth. Most of us don’t live long, simply because we have no reason to live! So what you can do, is adopt “plan de vida” (a reason to live), just like the Costa Rican centenarians do. Normal goals such as finishing college, achieving outstanding success at work, celebrating your life in your dream house with your dream partner and your lovely kids and grand-kids can only drive you for so long.

Once they are accomplished, most people choose to pass away though they may never say this out loud. It truly takes something extra, to live for the additional number of years. This extra is your conscious purpose, one that is bigger than good old you, and hence extends your life into your 80s and 90s.

Those people living passed age 100 though in that 60 Minutes segment all exercised every day.

3. Count your blessings 


Life is an equal opportunity giver and showers us with as many blessings as it does setbacks. People who live long are more excited about life, as they choose to see this truth. They actively count the blessings while simply seeing through the setbacks.

This way, they view their life as a grand celebration filled with joyous and sometimes miraculous happenings. You can do this too by frequently asking yourself, “What is right in my life, right now?” And the stuff that is not so right, don’t think too much about it.

2. Tune yourself to nature 

to nature

Our body is a product of nature, so we need to tune ourselves to it to get the best out of it. A plant-based diet, nature-based physical activates and vegetarian cooking are all great steps in this direction. Complete this cycle by spending more time with that endless resource, that is absolutely packed with vitamin and energy. Get outdoors and see for yourself that the sun is just waiting to shine on you!

1. Avoid needless medication 

no medication

This is sure to surprise you, as the pharmaceutical industry spends billions every year to make us believe that their drugs extend our life.

You don’t have to go cold turkey and do away with your essential diabetes, high BP, and anxiety medication right away. But if you consciously choose to reduce them or give them up in the (not very) long run, in close consultation with your physician, your body and mind will urge you towards natural solutions and perfect health.

Life is not just meant to be monotonously lived or painstakingly endured, but lovingly honored and grandly celebrated. If you make this the theme of your life, you are sure to join the growing number of centenarians who have discovered the joys of living, healthier, happier, and longer. Go live!

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