We are living longer than ever. Centenarians are the fastest growing segment of our population. Before we know it, 100 just may become the new 75. As lifespan increases, we also want to see health-span increase. Diet, exercise, sociability, mental challenge, sense of purpose-make a difference not only in how long we live but in how well we live.
Here are 40 of the best kept secrets to living a long and healthy life:
Do some kind of exercise for 10 – 30 minutes a day.
Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes a day.
No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
What other people think of you is none of your business.
Live with the 3 E’s: Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy.
Don’t take yourself too seriously. No one else does.
Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need or definitely will get what you really, really want.
Make time to practice meditation, yoga and prayer.
Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured.
Sleep for 8 hours a day.
Drink plenty of water, at least 2 liters per day.
Play more games.
Read more books than you did last month.
Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
Dream more while you are awake.
Try to make at least three people smile each day.
Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner of his/her mistakes of the past.
Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.
Smile more and laugh more.
Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. So get rid of those ill feelings.
You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
Forgive everyone for everything.
Time heals everything.
However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will stay in touch.
Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
The best is yet to come.
No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
Enjoy life each moment, try new things.
Call your family often. (Of course using a daily check-in service like Keeping In Touch Solutions will give you peace of mind everyone and everything is OK).
Your inner most is always happy, so be happy.
Each day give something good to others.
Don’t over do. Keep your limits.
When you awake alive in the morning, thank god for it.
Love yourself, because you are unique and wonderful in your own way.
Which resonated with you most? What else would you add to the list? Share your comments below.
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.