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Living A Long Life

Updated on August 13, 2011
Kama Chinen - born in 1894 -Lived in Japan, island of Okinawa-diet with lots of fresh fish, miso soup, vegetables and green tea.  Lived to be 114
Kama Chinen - born in 1894 -Lived in Japan, island of Okinawa-diet with lots of fresh fish, miso soup, vegetables and green tea. Lived to be 114 | Source

There are lots of factors that can influence how long we live. Certainly, many of us have thought about the longevity of our lives at one time or another. Does what work for one, work for all? Certainly there are good habits, routines and activities of our daily lives that can promote good health and possibly lengthen our days. Then there are other lifestyle choices which we should stay away from altogether; or if we indulge in such habits (whatever they may be), we should discontinue such habits to restore our bodies to a healthy state of being/living.

What Contributes to Living a Long Life:

Many who have been successful/blessed to live a long life have stated that keeping motivated to enjoy life and doing for others has faired them well in the lengthening of their days.

Dan Buettner: How to live to be 100+

Gertrude Baines - 1894; says longevity due to higher power and she never smoked nor did she drink.  Lived to be 115.
Gertrude Baines - 1894; says longevity due to higher power and she never smoked nor did she drink. Lived to be 115. | Source

Here are some ideas from those who are living a long life, or who have lived one:

*Continuing to work, even after retiring - volunteering

*Treating others well

*Living a clean and good life.

*Participating in hobbies and crafts.

*Helping and/or caring for others.

*Exercise: Gettting adequate physical activity such as daily walks, tai-chi or yoga (even gardening and maintaining a clean home and decorating and redecorating.

*Staying well hydrated

*Optimistic outlook on life: Facts have shown that a positive outlook on life increases onces lifespan and pessimism decreases it.

*Keeping your stress level low: All of us have stress in some form, but focusing on ways to relieve stress and not succumb to it helps us live longer.

*Maintaining a healthy social life: A circle of friends, family and social ties has been found to be more important for a long life than even diet/exercise. If mobility is limited, you can invite people to your home or become a part of a social organization that focuses on self-sufficiency, positive communication and interaction.

*Nutritious meals: Lots of good home cooked meals, less and less fast foods, lots of fruits and vegetables. Limiting intake of alcohol, caffeine, fried foods and making good use of olive oil when cooking (even on salads as dressing).

*Continuing Education: Take a class. Becoming more adept at what you know or are interested in and/or learning something new helps the brain to stay well tuned and functioning properly. Reading, writing and working puzzles also helps brain activity.

Rest/Relaxation/Sleep: Get sufficient hours of sleep and rest and relax when needed

Do You Know:

It's never too late to trade bad habits for good ones. People are living longer and it helps to focus on being happy, being self sufficient , seeking ways to overcome lifes' challenges and not spend time worrying about them. If you are taking steps to improve yourself and your lifestyle, adopt a confident/patient attitude about positive results. "Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience - Ralph Waldo Emerson.

(8-7-2011)

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Very good suggestions to help live a long life. I like your Emerson quote. Rated up and useful.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Great tips. I really like the "continuing education".

      When my gran was 99 years old, We stopped counting her age and every year, we would just celebrate her 99th birthday again. lol

      Have a lovely summer. xx

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      Reena J 5 years ago

      Good hub for the elder people...They turn innocent and childish as they get older...

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      Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Pamela99 for your comments, I love Emerson's quote too.

      Lady_E: So glad you dropped by for a visit! Bravo! - for your gran - hope you all had lots of years to celebrate her 99th birthday. Hoping your summer is great.

      Reena, glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for stopping by.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love your tips. We need this, at least for us who want to life longer. There are good activities outside and you describe this very well. Just stay active and keep positive, I believe everything goes well.....amen. Well done, my friend. Vote up..up..and up.

      Prasetio

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      Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

      prasetio30: Thanks for stopping by and for your comments. Glad you enjoyed the hub. I agree, stayng active and positive is a big help towards living longer. Have a great day.

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      Cassidella 5 years ago

      Support Med. I really like your suggestions about keeping motivated to enjoy life, helping others, and keeping low stress levels. Plus, Ms. Chinen's tip about green tea is one of the easiest to get immediate benefit! Thanks for sharing.

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      Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

      Cassidella: Glad you dropped by and that you like the suggestions in the hub. Have a good day.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Wonderful! Support Med, I voted UP and across the board on this one. Absolutely marvelous tips on living a long life. I plan to live to at least 102 and am presently following your advice to the core. Thank you so much!

      vocalcoach~

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      Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

      vocalcoach: Thanks for visiting and commenting. Good for you for sticking to a regime that will give ample opportunity for living a long life - I too am hoping to reach that 100+ !!! Have a nutritious day, lol!!!!!

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      Voted up, great hub and I am into all this and agree 100%. Olive oil alone brought my cholesterol down and I try to use it daily, mainly in salads but now I also cook with the cooking kind.

      Polly

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      Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

      Pollyannalana: Thanks for voting this hub up. Glad you are into living a healthy life. Olive oil is great and I also use it to cook with as well. And it's great on salads. Have a nutritious day!

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      laadhy 5 years ago from Maldives- The Paradise on Earth

      nice and interesting hub

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