8 Awesome Ways to Live a Longer, Happier Life

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Live a Longer, Happier Life

What is the secret to a longer more fulfilling life? As it turns out making just a few changes in your lifestyle can help you live longer. Replenish your life today with these 8 Ways to live a longer, happier life.

1. Laugh some more

It is said that laughter is a broom that sweeps away the cobwebs of the heart and in some ways it is true. When you laugh it causes the release of endorphins which relieves stress by causing you to feel happy. Happy people live longer.

2. Love

I often say that human beings were not created to be alone. Everybody needs somebody to love and to receive love from. Whether the love comes from family, spouse or friends, it fosters the feeling of belonging, comfort and happiness. Contentment in a place where you feel you belong reduces worry and stress thus causes a reduction in illnesses caused by same.

3. Regular Exercise

Exercise tones your muscles, both of the musculoskeletal system and of the heart. It gets the heart rate up and blood circulation flowing right. This helps to maintain a normal blood pressure, thus you live longer due to the absence of certain chronic illnesses like Hypertension.

4. Eat right

Food is the fuel that keeps your body going. If you do not eat healthy foods then it is less likely you will have a healthy life.

5. Work

When a person has a means of earning an income, he is less worried about providing for himself and family. Less worry means less stress, less stress means fewer illnesses that are stress-related thus longer life. Also, work brings about self-actualization which causes mental relief knowing that you have achieved and this causes happiness.

6. Have Periodic Health Assessments

It is recommended by the Medical Association that adults between the ages of 18 and 40 should have a health assessment at least once every five years and once every one to three years if you are older. This facilitates early detection and treatment of diseases, some of which can even be cured. Persons who have Chronic Diseases, like, Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension will have more frequent doctor’s appointments. Keeping your doctor’s appointments, taking your medications as ordered and conforming to certain lifestyle modifications can prolong your life significantly.

7. Entertain yourself

“All work and no play make Jack a dull boy” everyone needs an avenue by which stress can be relieved. What to do after a stressful day at the office? What to do after a hard week of work events? Or what to do after competing for a long time in a tight challenge? That is a bubbling question, “what to do…?” having no means of entertainment to relieve stress can be frustrating. One needs to plan healthy fun activities to do to relieve stress, like, dancing, listening to music, go to a concert with friends, go out for dinner at your favourite restaurant, go shopping or anything that stimulates laughter and healthy fun. Finding a hobby is useful as well.

8. Rest and Sleep

When all is said and done, the human body needs a periodic timeout from physical and mental activities. Rest and sleep are necessary to restore your strength. Exhaustion affects the immune system negatively and when your immune system is low functioning then you are more exposed to opportunistic infections which compromise your health. When you get adequate rest and sleep it replenishes your immune system thus making you healthier and causes you to live longer.

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Karlene Smith is a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife and currently studying her MSc in Nurse Anesthesia. Karlene likes to write about parenting, health, and relationship issues. Connect with her on LinkedIn

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