The secrets of longevity are not found in the fountain of youth. They are instead, found in the daily choices you make in your life. Your lifestyle is key to living a longer healthier life.
There will be a big difference in the way you look and feel as you age if you can simplify your life more. The simpler your life is, the less stress you'll have and the more rewarding your life can be.
The world is a complicated place. Conveniences of the modern world are supposed to help make your life less complicated. Yet, most people live highly stressful lives because of the advances in technology. With more advances, the more complicated and stressful life becomes.
Stress and anxiety are two key contributors to disease and illness. Your life was meant to be rich and full in relationships and spirituality. No man (or woman) is an island.
People who lived in earlier days relied on each other for help. People were closely intertwined in large families and stayed that way for most of their lives.
Today relationships, friends, work, and family, are all separated. They isolate us and so we fill our homes with 'more things' that are advertised to make us feel better. We buy them, get home with them, and are excited for a short time. Then we get the bill and those good feelings are replaced by a nagging sensation that we didn't think things through enough. Somehow 'those things' only leave us feeling empty inside.
Deepak Chopra recently said something that caught my attention. He said to:
"Stop buying things you don’t need, spending money you haven’t yet earned, to impress people you don’t like".
If you want to live longer, stop focusing on the 'things' in your life. They will not make you happy! (As you grow older, this becomes more self-evident!)
Instead, focus on yourself, your lifestyle, and the people that surround you. The secrets of longevity means living a simple life, which will in turn make you healthier and happier. Living your life filled with high amounts of stress and isolation only complicates your life and makes you feel empty inside.
The Secrets of Longevity
Eat 2 ounces of raw unprocessed nuts four times a week.
Live a full life that includes belief in a Higher Power. Sin separates you from God. Not sinning unites you will God. People who pray more live longer, richer lives.
Flossing your teeth will help eliminate gingivitis and bacterial plaque in your blood stream. Add 6.4 years to your life just by flossing daily. If you detest flossing, at least drink a few glasses of green tea daily, which has antibacterial and antifungal properties which isn't as great as flossing but is still extremely helpful.
Tap into your spiritual energy. Practice compassion, joy, peace, lovingness, and kindness towards others. You never know what turmoil people are going through in their own personal life. It will serve you well to be kinder to all people, including rude people who initially make you angry.
There are five blue zones that have been identified and thoroughly researched by journalist Dan Buettner in partnership with National Geographic during more than five years of on-site investigation. The people who live in the blue zones, aren't aware that they have the secrets of longevity, they just know they live longer.
So what are the secrets of longevity and health underlying these fascinating communities? Is there something secretive about their way of life, or do they possess super genes that help them live longer?
The Five Blue Zones
The Italian island of Sardinia
Loma Linda, California
Costa Rica’s isolated Nicoya Peninsula
Ikaria, an isolated Greek island
After more than five years of investigation, what has Buettner discovered about why people in these places are living so long? The secret is lifestyle. Quite simply, these people live a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet, daily exercise, and have a low stress life that incorporates family, purpose, religion, and meaning. Find out more about the blue zones.
The secrets of longevity are really no secret. They are instead a healthier way of living. Associate yourself with like people and people you like. Stay away from people who drain you of your life essence and energy. Engage in meaningful conversations with the people you know. Find joy, peace, and happiness within and around you.