Many people think they know what’s good for them. Who wouldn’t like to think that being rich, eating bon bons and sleeping in every day would increase their longevity. After all, being fat and happy is supposed to be a good thing, right? But this is more hopeful thinking than practical science.
If you really want to live longer, the best place to start is with your attitude. People with a positive outlook on life can actually live longer. Researchers found that optimistic people decreased their risk of early death by 50% compared with those who slanted towards negativity.
Next, get a pet. Having a pet can add years to your life…for many people pets give a motivation to get moving. Animals are known to reduce anxiety, and provide a source of enjoyment, making us laugh.
Quit smoking. Quitting not only will save you money (we are in a recession) but also has added health benefits. Within one year after quitting, the risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.
And finally, for goodness sakes, RELAX. Relaxation reduces blood pressure and helps reduce stress-related conditions like depression. Also, if you practice deep breathing, you are helping to steady your heart rate.
So in short: be positive, find yourself a loving pet, give up smoking and relax your way to a longer, healthier and happier life.
“Hear your heart. Heart your health.” ~Faith Seehill