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How to Live a Long Healthy and Successful Life

Updated on February 9, 2016
Healthy Life
Healthy Life | Source

How to Live to 100

According to Dr. Mark Liponis, the Corporate Medical Director of Canyon Ranch, a wellness and spa center, and co-author of the best-seller, UltraPrevention, with a healthy diet, exercising, quitting smoking, and advances in medicine, people have a greater chance of living to 100. Here are just a few things you can do to increase your chances to live longer:

  • Eat Healthy - Include colorful fruits and vegetables, olive oil, fish and whole grains, and avoid a large amount of processed or refined foods.
  • Keep a Trim Waistline – To live to 100, keep your waist trim and thin; overweight and obese individuals have a higher chance of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
  • Get Married – According to a 2006 study by the Journal of Epidermiology and Community Health, married people have a greater chance to live longer.
  • Have Children – Studies have shown that having children can help you live longer.
  • Connect With People and Current Events – Being engaged with others, keeping abreast of current news, and taking an interest in the world around you, keeps your brain working and increases your sense of purpose.
  • Drink More Tea – Studies show that drinking more of certain types of tea may have longevity benefits, such as green, black or oolong tea.
  • Believe and Have Faith – Regular religious or spiritual belief may have longevity effects.

Exercise Class
Exercise Class | Source

Increasing Your Circle of Friends May Improve Your Health

Have good social relationships may be just as important to your health as eating right, exercising, losing weight and quitting smoking. Having people “friend” or “like you online is a great way to keep in touch with friends and expand your social presence, but more important than online friends, are actual friends and people that you see and interact with in person.

Circle of Friends
Circle of Friends | Source

If you find yourself becoming socially isolated because you spend too much time online, try doing one of the following to increase your social circle:

Be a volunteer
Hospitals, churches, museums, schools, and charitable groups.
Join a hobby group such as gardening, crafts, or auto racing
Inquire at your local townshop office, local newspapers, or online websites to inquire about hobby groups.
Take a class
Find a local community college near you and take a class on something new to learn; this will help you meet people with the same interests.
Join a club such as a book club or writer’s club
Find a nearby group in your neighborhood by visiting book stores, to inquire about book clubs or writer’s clubs
Accept invitations from others, whether it be to a dinner, social gathering, or just a night out with friends
Use Facebook and other social media to connect with old friends, suggest a meeting or group dinner.
Join a gym and attend a regular exercise class instead of working out alone at home
There are gyms all over the place; visit some near you, inquire about the monthly fee and what classes they offer; join and attend classes to help you meet others to exercise with; it’s healthy and fun!

Be Happy and Live Longer!

A well-rounded diet coupled with regular exercise and a cheery disposition can definitely help to creating a healthy you!

Are You Friendly? People with lots of pleasant, supportive friends and healthy relationships have lower stress levels. Surround yourself with happy, positive friends. Healthy behaviors are contagious.

Are You Forgiving? If you have an argument, forgive and forget. There’s no use and no benefits to holding grudges. Letting go of grudges has surprising health benefits. Chronic anger has been linked to illness. However, forgiveness can reduce anxiety and lower your blood pressure.

Can You Keep Calm? Keeping calm reduces stress. Long-term stress can cause health issues, so make a habit of practicing deep breathing, yoga and relaxation techniques to keep calm. Exercise can also relieve stress, and even taking short cap naps can help you relax and keep calm.

A well-rounded diet, regular exercise and a cheery disposition can help to create a healthy you!

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Jeanne Louise Calment, age 20 (lived 122 years)
Jeanne Louise Calment, age 20 (lived 122 years) | Source

Oldest People Who Ever Lived

Jeanne Louise Calment - One of the oldest person who ever lived is a French woman called Jeanne Louise Calment, who lived until age 122 and 164 days. Jeanne was born on February 21, 1875, and passed away on August 4, 1997. She was a supercenetarian from Arles, France. Jeanne Louise Calmnent was the last person to meet Vincent Van Gogh in Arles, in 1888. Van Gogh stopped in Jeanne’s father’s shop to buy some paint and pencils.

Jeanne was a remarkable person, taking up fencing at age 85, and still still riding a bicycle at age 100. She was in great health until around age 114. At that time, she fell and fractured her femur and then required a wheelchair.

Surprising fact: She smoked until age 117.

When asked what helped her lived as long as she did, she attributed her longevity to olive oil, which she rubbed on herself, cooked with and drank. She also enjoyed wine, and ate chocolate.


Tomoji Tanabe (lived 113 years)
Tomoji Tanabe (lived 113 years) | Source

Tomoji Tanabe – At the time of his death in 2009, Tomoji Tanabe was at that time, the oldest living man in the world. He was certified at age 111 by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living man. He was the 7th oldest person in the world, and the 3rd oldest person in Japan. Tomoji Tanabe was a Japanese supercenetarian and lived until age 113.

He attributed his longevity to no smoking and no drinking. He was extremely healthy, ate vegetables daily, and drank milk daily. He also read the newspaper every morning. His favorite meals were fried shrimp and Japanese miso soup with clams.

Sources: National News, New York Times,

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