You’d be surprised how even the smallest change can improve your life. You don’t have to deny yourself the things that make you who you are (like that morning cup of Joe you simply can’t imagine your day without), but sometimes all you need is just a few adjustments to make your life even more wonderful and healthy than it is right now. Think you can mix a few new yummy foods into your diet and try some delicious drinks? These, among others, are a few little tricks that will help you live a longer and happier life.
We are not asking you to forget about all your favourite foods and replace them with leafy greens and smoothies, but it won’t hurt to make a few adjustments here and there. If you like eating meat, make sure you prepare it right and pair it with veggies rather than heavy potatoes, rice, or pasta. Add healthy spices that promote weight loss among other things: black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger. Drink lots and lots of water no matter what!
Move as much as possible
We were built to move a lot, which means all those jobs that require a lot of sitting are unnatural for our bodies and you should do something about it. Seating too much can actually be lethal! It is as damaging for your health as smoking. Walk more steps, start running, buy yourself a bicycle, or simply hit the gym – the more you move, the better! Physical exercises not only tone your body, but also improve your mental health.
Get more sun (but not too much!)
Being in the sunlight not only provides you with the necessary amount of Vitamin D that improves bone health and fights off disease, but it also helps you avoid depression and makes you a happier human being in general. Modern lifestyle doesn’t usually include spending too much time out in the sun, that’s why you should make it a rule to go out for at least half an hour a day for your regular sun bath.
As cheesy as it may sound smoking is one of the biggest issues when it comes to live a longer life. It damages your health and makes you age faster, so be prepared to face some serious amount of wrinkles after you hit 30. Your teeth don’t like all that smoking as well!
Drink coffee (and tea!)
Drinking too much coffee is not good for you, but moderate intake can actually benefit your health and reduce the risk of heart disease and dementia. Scientists believe drinking coffee can actually extend your lifespan! Of course, drinking only coffee would be no good, so think about switching from it to drinking yummy herbal teas as well as green, black, and white ones that are packed with all kinds of antioxidants, including caffeine that you love so much.
Humans are social creatures – there’s no denying the fact. Forming meaningful happy relationships is one of the best ways to make sure you live longer. Such relationships help reduce stress levels and make you feel happier and more appreciated in general.
Get enough sleep
Sleep deprivation is a nasty thing and can lead to all kinds of health problems from obesity to depression and heart disease. Scientists believe that to function properly your body needs around 7-8 hours of sleep, and that sleep needs to happen during the night. Night shifts are a big no-no, as well as staying up late at the office.
Yes, studies show that people who help others actually live longer! Leading a life filled with love, compassion, and helping others reduces stress levels, promotes mental health, reduces inflammation, and makes you a happier person in general. And don’t forget all those extra ‘happy’ hormones you get from helping people. This is truly a blessing without any disguise!
Keep your brain active
Yes, your body is not the only thing that needs exercise! It is important to keep your brain active to live longer and fight off disease like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Keep your brain active by learning new things, visiting new places, enjoying puzzles, hobbies, and all kinds of games.
Find meaning in life
As vague as it may sound, finding something to live for will not only make your life meaningful and happy, but it will also promote a longer life span. Studies show that people over 65 who had something to live for were likely to live 30% longer than their peers who didn’t have something meaningful in their lives. Find something you love and enjoy doing and you’ll live much longer!