Health is on everyone’s agenda, right? It’s the most common subject anymore, no matter where you look….news, books, conversations, magazines, websites. Check out the rows at Barnes & Noble–hundreds of books on health and wellness.
To me, “health-i-ness” means I’m feeling good, I have lots of energy, and I don’t need a doctor’s care. But I also think that a healthy lifestyle can mean “living longer.” My mom lived to 93, and I want to beat her by living till I’m at least 95. A lot of folks are living quality lives into their nineties now.
Here are my 3 novel, or little-known ways you can make your healthy life last years longer. I’m trying to find ways to achieve these myself.
- Smile more often. The journal Psychological Science published a study that pointed to longer lives of those
- who smiled more. They said that smiling improves your mood, boosting your immune system, and lowering stress. Healthier…happier….
- Floss every day. 32% of Americans do not floss, which means that their systems carry bacteria that is trapped between teeth, causing inflamed gums. Gingivitis, a gum disease, can be linked to increased risks heart attack and stroke. Flossing lowers the risk of dying younger.
- Sit up straight. Can’t you just hear your mom yelling right now? She was right you know, (aren’t moms always right?). Your heart and lungs are supported by your skeletal structure, so having good posture means that you breathe better and have a healthier heart. Chin up, shoulders relaxed, toes pointing straight. Atten-hut!!
Let me say it, right here: I’m going for it! Right now, I’m sitting up straight, as I floss my teeth, with a wide smile!! Can you do all that?
This list, about living longer, could be longer itself….What do you think?
Leave a comment about what you think are the 3 most important things to health and living longer?