About a decade ago, this video by Dan Buettner sent me on a path to living better. At the time I initially watched this video, I was not focused on any of these tips. Today, I actively practice or am improving my practice for each of the areas listed below.
- Move naturally: Get more physically active by walking in the community, do manual labor around the house and yard, and grow gardens.
- Know your purpose: People who know why they get up in the morning live up to seven years longer than those who don’t.
- Down shift: To reverse inflammation related to every major age-related disease, find time each day to meditate, nap, pray or commune with friends.
- 80 percent rule: It takes the stomach 20 minutes to tell the brain it is full, causing most people to accidentally overeat. Stop eating when 80 percent full.
- Plant slant: Eat a mostly plant-based diet heavy on beans, nuts and green plants. This is consistent with U.S. Department of Agriculture recommendations.
- Wine at 5: For those who have a healthy relationship with alcohol (not me), enjoy a daily glass of wine.
- Family first: Living in a thriving family is worth six extra years of life expectancy.
- Belong: Recommit, reconnect or explore a faith-based community. No matter which faith, studies show that people who show up to their faith community four times a month live an extra four to 14 years.
- Right tribe: Friends have a long-term impact on well-being. Expand a social circle to include healthy-minded, supportive people. This could be the most powerful way to add years to a life.