Life insurance and health insurance are there for you if something goes wrong in your life, but to truly get the most out of your life you need to take preemptive action and embrace the things that make you healthy and happy.
Thanks to improvements in healthcare and a better understanding of healthy lifestyles, humans are living longer than ever. In fact, researchers estimate that by 2050 there will be more than three million Centenarians-people aged 100 and over-living worldwide. But life is about more than just living it.
That's why we've put together this list of 10 tips to help you live the happiest, healthiest, and longest life you can.
1. Adopt a pet
Psychology Today has done numerous studies to determine the relationship between pet owners and happy lives. "In one study involving 217 community members, pet owners exhibited greater self-esteem, were more physically fit, were less lonely, were more conscientious, were more socially outgoing, and had healthier relationship styles (i.e., they were less fearful and less preoccupied) than non-owners," the publication reports. Pets have also been found to increase empathy and decrease depression, all while providing humans with a sense of meaning and belonging. Feel even better and adopt a pet from a shelter, so you can lengthen not only your life, but also that of an animal in need.
2. Cook at home
Sure we all love going out for dinner, but not taking advantage of our kitchens could be decreasing our lifespan. One study found that people who cooked at home more than five times a week lived longer than those who rarely or never cooked at home. Restaurants tend to pack more fat into their meals, portion sizes can be astronomical, and on top of this we tend to make choices we wouldn't make at home. Having an appreciation for cooking can also enhance happiness, provide satisfaction, and, if you choose to cook with others, deepen relationships. Now that's a tasty recipe for a long life!
3. Become an optimist
Numerous studies have shown that optimistic people tend to live longer than their pessimistic counterparts. One study out of Yale University found that people who maintained a positive attitude in middle age lived an average of 7.5 years longer than those who did not. But fear not pessimists, as there is hope for you yet. Pessimists who took action on their dwellings were found to reap some of the same benefits that optimists typically enjoy. So if optimism simply isn't your style, try turning your pessimism into an opportunity for positive change.