Good Genes, Eating Well, Exercise, yes yes that's all part of it, but a big part that many of us forget is our psyche! Yep, making sure you are Happy is a big part of living longer. Not saying it will guarantee you becoming a centenarian, but being Happy is a big part of the equation along with some luck if you are striving to live a longer quality life. Scientific Studies have shown that people who have a positive outlook on life, are satisfied with their lives and that laugh a lot, are more likely to live longer. Being Happy can add a minimum of 10 years to your lifespan. According to science Saturday Night Live can do more for you than broccoli and weights! I must tell you this is music to my ears! (Don't try to omit the broccoli and weights you need all of the above.) If you walk around like Gloomy Eeyore odds are you may want to start working on your eulogy. Not to mention those of us who want to live life to it's fullest are trying to get the hell away from you! Sorry, everyone can fall into a rut but if you are always pessimistic and depressed please get help for your health and because it sucks the life out of EVERYONE around you.
I know I want to live longer... we all do. Just not sure I want to be a centenarian, do you? That's someone who lives to or beyond the age of 100 years. Have you heard of a supercentenarian... EEEgads! I just don't know? This is a person who has lived to the age of 110 or more. I think I am afraid to live that long. I am afraid to see so many that I love die. I am afraid to be left alone in this big world. Is that crazy or selfish of me? Sometimes I am even afraid to see what this world will be like if I make it to 100. To think of more hate, poverty and discrimination breaks my heart. Not sure I could bare much more. But when I read the words of wisdom of 100 pieces of advice from 100-year-olds it made me believe that you want to stick around for as long as you can. Again much of the advice revolved around good friends, positive attitude and if you can't be Happy all the time at least be satisfied. There was a little about exercise, and eating well but again those were just some key ingredients not the substance that gets you to the finish line. It was more about NOT having too many rules, NOT giving up on love and if I read it 100 times it was to be positive, positive, positive!
According to Prevention magazine there are some other elements that come into play when striving to live longer. Not sure how factual they are but it's at least amusing and made me think overall on maybe adjusting some of the things I do daily. Consider some of these mentions in the prevention article that claim to help you live longer. You have a flat belly after menopause, you're a tea lover, you eat purple food, and you don't snore just to name a few. For the record that purple food includes red wine... ya baby! If I can drink good wine and laugh the years away with my girlfriends and my husband, I think I may make a run for it and try to be a centenarian. Who knows? I think I won't be sure of how I really feel until I'm 98 or 99. Only then will celebrating 100 years look pretty damn good! Stay Happy and stay positive. There's no shame in getting help to do it either! Doesn't matter if it's an internist, nutritionist, or psychiatrist. Make wellness for your entire body a mission as you age.
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
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