It won’t take long to find someone who has an opinion on what you can do to live longer. There are numerous theories, some based in fact, some not. Some advice about living long is nothing more than superstition.
When most people think about dying, they worry about nuclear attacks, terrorism, and more. But if we look at the causes of death in the United States we see at our worst times, that none of these even came close to the number of people who die each year from preventable diseases. The two big culprits: smoking and poor health.
So how does poor health factor in? The easiest way to determine that is to look at a study conducted by Dan Buettner. He worked with National Geographic and the National Institute on Aging to locate the highest concentration of centenarians (people who live to be 100). He detailed this in his book “Blue Zones” and highlighted it in his TED Talk “How to Live to Be 100+“.
What he found was pretty incredible. He found there were several factors that impacted aging.
Overall what he found is that people who lived exceptionally long were constantly active, had a positive outlook on life, ate well, and were closely connected to others. In fact, although he highlighted people in his short video that exercised, a study cited in “The Longevity Project” showed the deciding factor for longevity is not exercise, but simply activity along with these other things.
So, comparing the first chart with the second one, we can see overlap. Eating well and staying active are definitely key to living a long, fruitful life. Having strong social connections and a positive frame of mind are also key.
So what’s the simple way to live longer? Be healthy. Put effort into making yourself better and more well connected to those around you. That’s all there is to it, and that’s what WOWFul Living is about: helping you become the best you. Use this blog as a resource to guide you toward that better life.