THE TRAITS OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE TO 100 YEARS OLD:
☞ Positivity: It’s associated with higher levels of self-perceived health, which seems to protect people from depression and other afflictions. (Well, I AM good at ignoring health problems…)
☞ Feeling connected: Experts say religion or spirituality has ties to longevity. They not only help with access to social supports and a sense of purpose, they are better “coping strategies” than turning to alcohol or indulging in “comfort foods.”
☞ Prioritizing plant-based nutrition: Areas around the world with the most extended longevity all have distinct culture-based eating patterns, usually plant-based. (Fine. Put onions on my hot dog, then…)
☞ Enjoying the great outdoors: When you’re outdoors, you’re being active. You’re also enjoying nature, and are more likely to interact with others. All this can promote happy feelings, which promotes health. (Unless you’re behind a lawn mower…)
☞ Remaining active: Guidelines recommend combining 150-300 minutes weekly of moderate-intensity activity with more vigorous exercise to promote healthy aging. That means being able to continue to do the things you enjoy for as long as you want without pain.
☞ Retaining a sense of purpose: Whether they care for great-grandchildren or partake in cultural crafts, the elderly in areas where people live the longest typically stay busy with productive activities. (Note: they don’t generally stay busy by flying hot-air balloons, wrestling crocodiles or changing light bulbs located over a stairway!)
☞ Good genes: Our genetics contribute 20-30% to our longevity. If you have a parent who lived to 95+, you have better odds of a healthier