Longevity is one of those things where the journey is just as important as the destination. Living longer isn’t about one big choice, but instead many smaller decisions you make along the way. Here are five things you can do right now that contribute to a longer, happier life.
1. Don’t Worry
Stress hurts you, both physically and emotionally. It can cause inflammation, keep you awake at night and make you gain weight.
To live longer, let go of anxiety. Force yourself to think of positive memories instead of dwelling on negative experiences. This takes some practice.
Imagine a rough day at work. Negative thoughts would have you stressing over hurtful words. The positive version involves remembering why you went to work that day: to provide for your kids. Those little smiling faces remind you that you’re a great person with people who love and appreciate you.
Change the things you have control over. Let the rest sort themselves out.
2. Be Happy
Actively seek out happiness. Do little things during the day that make you feel happy:
Put fresh flowers by your bed in the morning
Dance in your socks
Play music during your commute
Treat yourself to a massage or bubble bath
Call a friend
Go bowling with your kids
Find a funny meme and send it to your mom
Read a book before bed
3. Enjoy Your Food
Stop going on crazy diets that punish you. They’re never sustainable.
Enjoy tasty meals you make yourself. Homemade tacos are always healthier than drive-thru tacos. The same goes for burgers and other family faves.
Don’t overeat. Be balanced. Have breakfast and lunch so you’re not starving at dinner time.
4. Live an Active Lifestyle
Look for opportunities for physical activity every day. Take breaks at work every 30 minutes to grab a glass of water. That way, you walk to the kitchen and back many times a day.
Go for a walk, ride a bike or play tennis. Buy groceries at the store instead of delivery.
Work out every week. Aim for 30–45 minutes of exercise, three to five times a week.
5. Eat More Fruit, Vegetables and Nuts (And Drink More Water)
The more vitamins, minerals and plant compounds you get from your diet, the healthier you feel. Leafy greens and antioxidants from fruit help your digestive system, heart, thyroid, immune system and countless other body systems.
Nuts have protein that fills you up and makes it easier to lose weight. These natural superstars are packed with nutrients that can lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
And drink those eight glasses of water a day! They help your energy level, mental focus, heart, joints and kidneys.
Setting Small Goals Helps You Reach Larger Ones
Starting small is the path to bigger lifestyle changes. For example, does a busy schedule make it hard for you to cook every night?
Setting aside three or four nights a week for homemade meals is still a great achievement. High-quality natural supplements such as moringa and turmeric can also boost the antioxidants and vitamins your body receives.
As you notice improvements in your energy level, mood and appearance, it gives you the drive to reach your next goal. You live longer without even worrying about it!