With constantly advancing medical technology and increasing levels of health awareness, the human lifespan continues to increase. There are always ways to add tack on extra years to that lifespan, however, and being mindful of these options is a great route to a longer life.
While staying relaxed and relatively stress free is always a great recipe for a healthier, longer life, that doesn’t mean living completely carefree is an automatic path to a long life. On the contrary, people who tend to put a painstaking amount of thought into every decision tend to make choices that work out better in the long run. This creates a happier life that causes less stress than someone who is impulsive and always lives in the moment.
This is hardly a surprise, but an individual’s diet plays a huge role when it comes to lifespan. The longest living people in the world tend to have diets that are high in vegetables, fruits, nuts and various healthy fats. This kind of diet tends to reduce heart disease risks as well as memory loss, proving to be a very effective antidote to aging.
Higher education leads to longer lives. Not only is an educated person more likely to land a job in favorable work conditions, he is also more likely to plan out a healthy future. It doesn’t hurt that a more educated individual is likely to know more about basic nutrition from college level courses dealing with health-related subjects.
Putting a lot of effort and energy into a career may seem like a stressful act that takes years off a life if anything, but those who devote themselves to a job do for a reason — it gives them a sense of accomplishment and increases overall well-being. Hard workers also tend to form close work relationships, helping them be form more friendships in the process.
The more socially active members of society tend to have the longest lives, and the correlation is unavoidable. By having a strong social network and staying close to family and friends, there are always people to watch after and help. Helping others comes with a number of emotional benefits.
A sedentary lifestyle is almost guaranteed to lead to a shorter life. Even if a fitness regimen isn’t a realistic fit for everyone, simply getting up and moving around continually throughout the day makes a huge difference.
Bookshelves at the library by Westcott Phillip, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service