Secrets for a Longer, Healthier Life

Tips for health, happiness and longevity

Everyone wants to live a longer, healthier life. People buy products, visit specialists and try just about anything to make it to old age with their mind and body intact. [slideshow:64858]

It’s only natural—but short of finding a fountain of youth, there is no magic formula. People who live past 100 seem to have struck balance between quality genetics and healthy habits, and everyone wants to know their secret.

Aside from good genes, there are a few things you can do to lengthen your life. We’ve asked health and aging experts and looked at some of the research on health and longevity to find a few of the most essential tips for living to a ripe old age, that you may not know about.

From Taking time to laugh to trying new things—these are a few of the top tips that can help you live a longer, healthier life.

Stay Social

When it comes to our health, it seems our friends may be one of our best assets for fighting off mortality. An analysis of almost 150 studies published in PLoS Medicine found that people with stronger personal relationships were far more likely to outlive their lonely counterparts. Researchers looked at information on more than 300,000 individuals who were followed for an average of 7.5 years and they said the health risk that comes with being socially disconnected was as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and even more dangerous than being obese. 

Prioritize Sleep

“Sleep is something everyone needs, but takes for granted,” said Dr. Carolyn Dean, author and medical director for the Nutritional Magnesium Association. “Sleep rejuvenates and repairs and is vital to living a longer, healthier life.” From athletics to appetite, and cognitive function to disease prevention, getting the right amount of quality sleep is crucial for maintaining almost every aspect of your health.

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