Friday, September 17, 2010

How to Live Long and Prosper

These are surprisingly simple tips for living a long and healthy life. Compiled from various sources (I did not discover any of these ;) )

  •  Get a Proper Amount of SleepIt is extremely important to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. It is imperative to the healing process and the life span of your cells. If you don't meet your sleep quota you can impair your daily cell processes.
  • LaughLaughter has been found to be a key element in reducing stress and increasing life expectancy. It is both a stress reliever and a method of coping with stress as well.
  • Embrace New ThingsResearch shows that by continuing to learn and figure things out, such as new technology or new environments, can help keep our brain cells healthy and engaged, both intellectually and socially.
  • Be OutgoingStudies have shown that people who are outgoing not only develop less stress, but they are much healthier because of it. People who avoid new things tend to be stressed about the little things in life. Because of this, it is important to get out of your comfort zone and try something new
  • Drink Green TeaVarious studies show the benefits of drinking green tea. One study shows that those who drink 5+ cups of green tea a day had a significantly lower risk of dying from heart disease or a stroke. Plus, it is a great substitute for sodas and other beverages that actually do harm to your body.
  • Keep Stress Levels LowAddress the things in life that make you stressed and either avoiding those things, getting rid of them, changing them to make them less stressful, or finding a way to cope with them. You can also drink a little wine from time to time (just a small amount); Studies have found that light drinkers actually had an 18% lower death rate than those that didn't drink. You can also take more vacations to get away.
  • Eat NutsNuts are surprisingly healthy, especially for cardiovascular health. Just add a few nuts to every meal or as an intermittent snack and it can add an average of 2 years onto your life.
  •  FlossFlossing regularly can add a significant amount to your life expectancy by removing bacteria that can cause inflammation, and in turn reducing your risk of stroke or heart disease. Additionally, it will help keep your breath clean and fresh, boosting your confidence and helping to reduce interpersonal anxiety.
  • Don't SmokeSmoking for long periods of time is extremely dangerous for your health. If you smoke, you may be cutting up to 10 years off of your life expectancy. However, studies have shown that if you quit by age 50, you can gain 6 of those years back.
Just by following these tips, it is easy to add at least 20 years onto your life! And with how simple they are, there really is no reason not to follow them.

Based on studies posted on,, MSNBC Health, and New Scientist

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