8 Unexpected Habits for a Longer Life

If your goal is to live a long, healthy life, there are a few basic rules you should live by — like eating well, not smoking, exercising, and avoiding inherently dangerous activities like swimming with Great Whites. Beyond these, however, there are a few small, unexpected habits you can incorporate into your daily life to improve your chances. Here are 8 habits that could potentially lengthen your lifespan.

Work towards goals. People with drive and goals may live longer. Self-determination has been shown to improve life span, although becoming a stressed workaholic shortens it. Those who feel they have achievable goals despite any hardships — something to live for — are often happier in life. Happier people live longer lives. Find something you enjoy that gives some purpose to your life, and reap the benefits for years to come.

Shower less. Although you’d like to assume that cleaning yourself more is healthier, it is often not the case. Allowing our skin to get a little dirty can expose us to good types of bacteria and encourage the production of natural oils. Many soaps on the market strip the skin of its protective oils and good bacteria, making the body’s largest organ more prone to premature aging, eczema, allergies, and less prepared to ward off illness. Try rinsing with just water now and then, skipping a shower once in a while (within reason), or using more natural cleaners to maintain the integrity of your skin.

Clean your house. In contrast to your skin, your house needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. One, because it is hygienic to live in a reasonably tidy home. Two, because a clean, uncluttered house can reduce stress. And three, because the regular, gentle exercise that housework entails is good for your body. The next time you try putting off housework, remember it can improve and extend your life in 3 ways!

Laugh it off. Laughing is good for you. It lowers cortisol levels, improves mood, lowers blood pressure — all lifespan improvers — and even makes you appear more attractive. How can you laugh more? Surround yourself with friends, especially positive ones, that boost you up. Conversely, surrounding yourself with negative or critical people encourages negativity to leach into your own life, so choose your friends wisely.

Don’t be a jerk. That’s right. Those who are more conscientious have a lower risk of developing illness all around than those who are ill-tempered, lack confidence, or are neurotic. Be kind to others and see life in a positive light, and your odds of living longer improve dramatically.

Eat spicy. Not only are spice-loaded foods like curries jam-packed with antioxidants, but they may help you extend your lifespan. Turmeric, curry, and hot peppers have all been shown to have anti-inflammatory impacts on the body. Naturally, less bodily inflammation and oxidation increases the potential for greater health and a longer life.

Enjoy happy hour. If you enjoy a drink with your dinner every night, you may be doing yourself some good. There is some research that suggests that drinking moderately gives you better odds of living longer than not drinking at all. So, if you enjoy a glass of wine or beer every evening, enjoy it all the more knowing that you may be doing your body some good. Just don’t binge drink.

Meditate. Although this is well-documented, it deserves a mention. Meditation is a powerful practice through which you can lower stress levels and clear out your mental stressors. Due to its immense benefits, it has also been proposed to extend life. It is possible that meditation increase the activity of an enzyme that repairs telomeres. Long and healthy telomeres prevent chromosomes from unraveling, so healthy telomeres means healthier cells and cell reproduction. So, on a cellular level, meditation may actually work to slow down the aging process.

While there is no one secret to living a long and fulfilled life, the key to longevity seems to be living a moderate, positive lifestyle. Enjoy your life, be kind to yourself and others, eat and exercise wisely, and your life will be full for the decades to come.

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W. C
W. C8 months ago

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William C
William C8 months ago

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Sonia M

Some good tips thanks for sharing

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Mike R
Mike R9 months ago

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara9 months ago

Maybe the moderate drinking counteracts stress.

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Clare O'Beara9 months ago

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara9 months ago

I like - Don't be a jerk. True enough those with an unpleasant outlook tend to be fat and grumpy and die younger, having been unhealthy for years.

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Anna R
Past Member 9 months ago

Thank you

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