Top 18 things to do for a healthier and longer life

WebMD published a list of top things (“secrets”) that were scientifically proven as helping live a healthier and longer life.

Most are not new so take this more as a check-list as you’re preparing for your next new year resolution… The slide show is here, but here is the short version of it.

Obvious ones:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Drink in moderation
  • Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and little meat and dairy.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise
  • Use safety gear (e.g. helmet when motor biking)
  • Sleep enough

Fairly well known “secrets”:

  • Be social, make close friends (and ones that make wise choices) and spend time with them
  • Get married
  • Nap
  • Get spiritual (religion, mediation, whatever fits you)
  • Manage stress

Less well known ones:

  • Be conscientious
  • Don’t hold grudges, learn to forgive
  • Maintain a sense of purpose

Is your check-list complete?

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