Coffee and Laughing: 2 of My 4 Secrets to Longevity (Get the Others Here!)

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Secrets to LongevityDo you want to know the secrets to living a long, healthy life? Stay with me and I’ll tell you more.

Forget the Fountain of Youth; Find Real Ways to Increase Longevity Instead

Longevity is something that most people desire.

In fact, I’d bet that most people, if you asked them, would love to know how to drink from the Fountain of Youth—the mystical spring that is supposed to reverse the effects of time and restore youth to anyone who drinks from it!

Truth be told…I don’t think the Fountain of Youth exists. Instead, I tend to look at the bigger picture: you can swim in the ocean of youth by making some important decisions (and changes) in your life. Now, I don’t think I have the perfect recipe for a long and healthy life, but I do think I’m onto something…and I’d like to share it with you.

Longevity is about more than diet and exercise. It’s about making sound decisions about what you eat, how you exercise, how you spend your time, the people you surround yourself with, and your overall attitude about life. In fact, I think attitude is the most important, because without it, it can be tough to fulfill the other aspects.

My 4 Secrets for a More Youthful Life

If you want to live a longer, healthier, and happier life, here are some things to keep in mind:

Secret #1: Drink Coffee Every Day

Coffee is one of the biggest sources of antioxidants in the American diet and based on the research I’ve seen, coffee can really do a body good. It might help lower your risk of diabetes, dementia, and stroke. And those are just a few of the potential benefits! Just make sure you drink it black and don’t add all kinds of creams, sugars, and flavorful syrups.

Secret #2: Don’t Juice

I know there’s a bit of a juice craze going on, and you’ve probably heard how healthy it is. Well, I have to let you in on something: juicing isn’t all that healthy. When you blend fruits and vegetables, you lose the valuable fiber content, and for the most part, get straight sugar. At the end of the day, a fruit smoothie or a glass of fruit juice is only slightly better than a can of Coke. Eat real fruit and veggies; don’t drink them.

Secret #3: Go for Long Walks

As I mentioned yesterday, nature walks can do wonders for your mental health and managing stress—a major factor in early aging. Take a long walk two to three times per week, preferably on a quiet street or through a park. This can calm your nerves and be a great source of exercise. An added bonus to the serenity: walking is a great way to reduce your risk of heart disease and increase longevity.

Secret #4: See Your Friends

Participating in activities with friends can improve happiness and make life a little sweeter. No one ever suffered from smiling, laughing, or spending too much time with good people. Making regular dates with friends and family will keep you active and keep your attitude positive.

Now, I admit these aren’t all the secrets to longevity…but hey, it’s a good place to start.

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Adrian has been working in the information publishing world since 1997. But when it comes to health information, he’s a self-admitted late bloomer. A couch potato since pre-school, Adrian was raised on TV, video games and a lifestyle that led to childhood obesity that followed him well into adulthood. But when he hit his forties, he decided enough was enough. He had a family to take care of and his days of overeating, under-exercising and inactivity were going to lead... Read Full Bio »