5 Secrets To Help You Live Longer
If you want to make it to the century mark, you're in luck! We’ll tell you how other people have done it with the help of friends, family and a little laughter.Playlist
10,000 people celebrated their 100th birthday today. And the same number will reach the century mark every day for the next decade. Here’s how you can join that club:
- Keep friends and family close. In a study of how centenarians spend their time, nearly 9-out-of-10 said they spoke with a friend or family member every day. And numerous studies show that the bigger a person’s social circle, the longer they’re likely to live. That’s because friends and family reduce stress, improve your brainpower through stimulating conversation – and look out for your health.
- Nurture your spiritual side. 66% of people who have celebrated 100 years make prayer, meditation, or religious services part of their daily life. Again, a lot of it has to do with stress reduction, but spirituality also gives people a purpose in life. And that leads to an optimistic outlook – and improved health.
- Diet and exercise – which is crucial to long-term health. More than 80% of those who hit their 100th birthday say they make good food choices. And more than half of them exercise regularly.
- Don’t skimp on shut-eye. New research shows that the sleep hormone melatonin also acts as a powerful antioxidant. And it’ll repair damage at the cellular level – as long as you get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep a night.
- Cultivate your sense of humor. A Harvard University study found that, almost without exception, people who live a long time are good at using laughter to manage stress.