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99 Ways to Live Longer & Extend your Life 10 Years + – Part 1

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Did you know that your genes have only a 10 percent influence on how long you live? Most experts agree that it’s the choices you make in your life that are the most important factors in your health and longevity.
In the early 1900s, the average life lasted 31 years. That’s hard to imagine today, when the average lifespan is about triple that. But if you’re looking to live longer than our average, there are things you can do. This doesn’t mean having to stop everything and changing it all. That’s not realistic. The idea is to be mindful and make some small, manageable changes. It’s the little things you do every day that make a big impact in the end.
So let’s go through the simple things you can start doing today that will literally add years to your life. And remember, today is the first day of the rest of your life!
1. Be conscientious
Research has found that being conscientious is one of the best predictors of longevity. That’s because people who are conscientious may be more likely to abide by healthful behaviours, may be less prone to disease and may find more success in relationships and in the workplace.
2. Find reasons to laugh
In one study, researchers identified certain personality characteristics that a group of 243 centenarians – or people who live past 100 – had in common. Among them was a love of laughter. They considered laughter an important part of life.
3. Find a life purpose
In Nicoya, Costa Rica, where an overwhelming majority live past 100, residents cultivate a plan de vida, which means “reason to live.” This sense of purpose often centres around spending time with and providing for their family, and often results in centenarians retaining an active lifestyle, reaping the benefits of physical activity and exposure to the sun.
4. Go nuts
Eating nuts could keep you from dying early, according to a recent study. The study, based on data from 7,000 people ages 55 to 90, showed that nut-eaters — who in the study were more likely to have a lower body mass index and waist circumference — had a 39 percent lower risk of early death, and walnut-eaters in particular had a 45 percent lower risk of early death.
5. Walk a lot
123-year-old Carmelo Flores Laura, potentially the oldest living person documented, says he owes his longevity to regular exercise. “I walk a lot, that’s all. I go out with the animals,” he was reported saying in an interview.
6. Try a little retail therapy
Who doesn’t love an excuse to go shopping?! A 2011 study found that frequent shoppers live longer. The study looked at men and women over 65 and found that daily shopping lowered risk of death by 28 percent for men and 23 percent of women. And if you’re worried about the state of your wallet, you’re in luck: The benefits hold up even if you don’t buy anything.

7. Be happy
A recent study found that among older people, the group that scored as “happiest” had a death rate of 3.6 percent — less than half the death rate of the unhappiest group, which was 7.3 percent.
8. Win an Oscar
Amusingly, a study has found that Oscar-winning actors and directors tend to live longer than their losing peers, with winning actors and actresses living nearly four years more than their losing peers. So you know what to do!
9. Head for the hills.
You may hear more often about the perils of altitude sickness, but it turns out that heading to new heights may be a good move. The 20 U.S. counties with the highest life expectancy had an average altitude of 5,967 feet above sea level. That added 1.2 to 3.6 years to a man’s life, and six months to 2.5 years to a woman’s and lowered all residents’ risk of dying from heart disease, according to research.
10. Do unto others
Susannah Mushatt Jones is the oldest resident of New York state – she celebrated her 114th birthday this past summer. What’s her secret? According to her niece, treating everybody fairly is one of her “standards,” along with taking care of others. The only medication she takes is for high blood pressure, and her diet consists of ribs, chicken, fruits and veggies.


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