How to live a longer and happier life

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Most of us want to live healthier and longer lives. We want to live longer; we want to do it in a way that we enjoy being alive and feel happy with our existence. In our culture, there is a strong emphasis on spending time and money on physical health. People that eat healthier have a good advantage towards aging healthily, but that is only one factor that helps with longevity.

Research and books about communities and countries with the largest populations that have citizens that are centenarians are sharing their longevity secrets. Three years ago, I was asked by a local community group to talk about Joyful living and longevity.

I was shocked about the factors that contribute to longevity that I have never thought about before. Today I’m going to share some of the ones that I practice and believe are the most promising to put into practice.

How to live to pass a hundred years


Not holding on to grudges seem to be a significant factor that can help you live more years. When people are stuck in negative emotions about there relationships and their past, it has a negative impact or reducing the number of years that they live. People that have don’t forgive or have a hard time forgiving live fewer years than those who easily forgive.

Worry less and live more

Stress and spending a lot of your mental energy in worries and fears take off years from your life. The more you worry, the more you increase stress hormones that develop physical and mental illness. The more you focus on enjoying life and caring so much about consequences or perfection, the more years to add to your tally.

Savor and enjoy daily pleasures

The more you celebrate and enjoy the simple little gifts that you receive every day, the more favorable your mind stays. Enjoy food, sex, and having fun every day is more important than to value the future. Centenarians enjoy guilty pleasures frequently, like sweets, alcohol, and smoking. They like to celebrate and plan their lives based on the things that they love to do.

Ageless living

A consistent and outstanding pattern in centenarians is that they do not retire. The word retirement is a word that does not apply to them. They stay active, productive, and social until the end of their lives. If they encounter health limitations, they do not give up on staying productive. They find other ways to be still involved in society and keep physically active. They are great adapting and not settling because they are older.

Gratitude is a daily ritual

Gratitude is a pillar and of value to centenarians. Keeping in mind that everything you have in your life needs to be valued and appreciated. Staying grateful every day is something to practice when you eat when you enjoy a good conversation, and even in moments of trial, you can find a silver lining. Centenarians find more gratitude for their health as they get older, and they focus less on wrinkles and aging spots. They value their bodies and skip criticism of their bodies.

There is so much that we can learn about longevity and the lifestyle that promotes a long life full of wellbeing. Take inspiration today to see how you can begin to apply or continue to bring to your life these associated longevity factors.

One quote

“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress, and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.”

George Burns

One question

Are you living your life to increase or decrease your longevity?

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