Regardless of your current age, we all want to make an impact and leave a legacy for our family. The following guidelines can help extend your life and increase the quality and happiness that you enjoy. When it comes down to it, it’s all about good food, good relationships, and good attitudes that help us live, laugh and love longer!
While an individual’s experience of aging is partly determined by genetics, lifestyle and dietary factors can play a significant role in healthy aging and the prevention of age-related conditions.
Live Longer and Stronger
Good nutrition can boost immunity, fight illness-causing toxins, keep weight in check, and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, bone loss, and cancer.
Sharpen Your Mind
People who eat fruit, leafy veggies, and fish and nuts packed with omega-3 fatty acids may be able to improve focus and decrease their risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Wholesome meals can give you more energy and boost your mood. It’s all connected—when your body feels good, you feel happier inside and out.
Being in a loving, healthy relationship has been scientifically studied and includes the following benefits:
Being in a committed relationship is linked to less production of cortisol, a stress hormone. This suggests that married or paired people are less responsive to psychological stress and that the social and emotional support that comes with having a partner can be a great way to combat stress.
Greater Sense of Purpose
It’s natural for humans to want to feel needed and part of something bigger. Many people strive to feel like they’re doing something good for someone else and improving the world in some way. Being in a loving relationship, no matter what kind, can give a person a sense of well-being and purpose.
Research also suggests that having healthy social relationships makes a more significant impact on avoiding early death.
With the proper perspective, even tough things can work for your own good.
Keep It Positive
Optimism, positive self-talk, smiling and laughing – focus on the good in everything and everyone. researchers at the University of Cologne found that people who are cynical about human nature—who see others as egoistic, deceitful, and evil—tend to earn less money and it’s obvious that they are less happy. What’s the point of long life if you aren’t happy.
Have a Purpose
The key to creating new habits is setting goals and sticking with them. Without a goal, there is nothing to work for and without commitment to that goal, you’ll never achieve it. Finding your purpose, or reason to do something is essential. When you are connected to your purpose, there is no obstacle you can’t overcome.
These are simple habits that have been proven to not only increase life span but also health span. Pick the lowest hanging fruit from this list and put some attention towards it this week. Your friends, co-workers, kids, and grandkids will thank you.