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9 Secrets of Longevity

As Buettner and his team studied the Blue Zones, they identified nine common traits shared by those communities where people live longer. He was surprised that it wasnt only food and lifestyle, but also creating a most beneficial environment. Heres a look at these longevity-boosting traits, known as the Power of 9.:

Move naturally. Do your own house and yard work, go up and down your stairs with your laundry, knead your own dough, Buettner advises. Incorporate more movement every hour. Know your purpose. Take time to recognize your values, strengths, talents, passions and gifts, Buettner says. Reflect, and work on yourself. Down shift. Relieve chronic stress by finding time each day to nap, meditate or pray. The 80% rule. Cut 20 percent of your daily calories with proven healthy practices: eat a big breakfast, dine with your family, and begin each meal by expressing appreciation. Plant slant. Eat mostly plant-based foods, and small portions of meat no more than twice a week. Wine at 5. Drinkers live longer than non-drinkers. This longevity tip had one exception: those in the Loma Linda Blue Zone were Seventh Day Adventists, who abstain from alcohol. Family first. Living in a loving, thriving family can add up to six years to your life. Work on a positive, committed relationship and stay close to your aging parents and grandparents. Belong. Those with the most social connectedness tend to live longer, Buettner says. Be part of a group of healthy-minded, supportive people. Right tribe. Good friends have a positive effect on your longevity. Support them and adopt healthy behaviors together.

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7 surprising things that make you live longer


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Surprising things that make you live longer: Smiling in photographs

Want to add years to your lifespan and squeeze more into your life? Youre not alone. Researchers are constantly on the hunt for ways we can increase our longevity, and they have come up with some pretty surprising findings. To help pave the way for a longer life, check out these seven unexpected things that increase your lifespan. 1. Smiling in photographs Next time someone asks you to smile for the camera, it may be wise to heed their advice if you want to live a longer life. A study by researchers at Wayne State University studied photos of former professional baseball players and found that the bigger their smile, the longer they lived. In fact, those players with the biggest smiles amassed an average of seven more years than those with none. It is believed that this is because big smiles in photographs reflect true happiness, which is beneficial for both your physical and mental well-being. 2. Having "positive" initials While you may not give much thought to your initials, a surprising study by researchers at the University of California has revealed that having initials that spell out positive words (such as ACE, WOW or VIP) could add years on to your life. The study found that men with positive initials lived 4.48 years longer while men with initials that spelled out negative words died 2.8 years younger. Having negative initials most significantly seemed to impact on deaths with psychological components such as suicides and accidents, although there was a noticed increase in longevity in almost all disease categories for those with positive initials. 3. Getting married If youre lucky enough to have found the guy or girl of your dreams, research suggests that taking the next step and getting married could add years on to your lifespan. Being in love has many reported health benefits. In fact, researchers at the University of Rochester reported that a good marriage can be as beneficial for your heart as quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and reducing high blood pressure. Multiple research studies and statistics have backed this up, showing that those who are married live longer than singletons, generally due to the fact that they have a higher income and experience less social isolation. 4. Being slightly overweight While poor diets and obesity are bad news for your health, research has suggested that slightly overweight people actually live longer than those of normal weight, and significantly longer than those who are obese or excessively thin. However, David Feeny, who led one of the surprising research studies, has warned that this does not mean that normal weight people should attempt to

gain weight to increase their lifespan. Experts explain that although being bigger may add a few years on to your lifespan perhaps due to it helping to safeguard against the weight loss and frailty that often incurs in old age that does not mean that it will increase your quality of life. 5. Having religious beliefs Multiple research studies have shown that believing in God regardless of which faith you adhere to could help to boost your health and increase your lifespan. A study involving liver transplant patients showed that those who had strong religious connections were up to three times more likely to survive, even if they did not attend church. Research results published in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences also showed that people who attended regular religious services were 46 percent less likely to die during the six-year study. Experts believe that this may be due to increased social ties, less risky behavior and also the increased ability to cope with stress. 6. Being a social butterfly Healthy living can sometimes seem like hard work and it seems to be rare that the things we love are good for us. However, if you want a fun way to boost your health, take note: research suggests that making regular plans with your friends can help you to live longer by reducing feelings of depression, stress and risky behavior, and encouraging you to look after your health. In fact, a study by Brigham Young University found that having a good social network boosts your survival chances by 50 percent, while having few friends affects you longevity as much as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. 7. Laughter Whether youre having a giggle with friends or watching a funny movie, laughter is guaranteed to boost your mood and leave you feeling great. However, the benefits of laughter go way beyond that. Studies have found a multitude of ways in which laughter boosts your health, including lowering blood pressure levels, reducing bad cholesterol, enhancing the immune system and helping blood vessels to function better. A seven year study in Norway also found that those who laughed most often in everyday life were 35 per cent less likely to die during the study period. (Read more on Realbuzz.com.) You may also like: 7 strange weight loss tricks Unlikely things that make you gain weight Top 10 historical sex facts

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0Please sign in to rate a Thumb UpPlease sign in to rate a Thumb Down0 Amethyst ()

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love this kind of article... and of course allow yourself to have time to be Lazy and unproductive sometimes... rest is not a luxury but a necessity...it can prolong life...=)
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0Please sign in to rate a Thumb UpPlease sign in to rate a Thumb Down0 Lost_inlove

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1. Smiling in photographs-100% 6. Being a social butterfly-50% 7. Laughter -100%... More


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0Please sign in to rate a Thumb UpPlease sign in to rate a Thumb Down0 D3LISY(O)Z@

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I just love laughing all day long :)))))))) harharharhar

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1Please sign in to rate a Thumb UpPlease sign in to rate a Thumb Down0 Big Bird

12 hours ago

maging masamang damo?


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0Please sign in to rate a Thumb UpPlease sign in to rate a Thumb Down0 Janine

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Himala, walang "sex" na nakasama sa listahan. hehe


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0Please sign in to rate a Thumb UpPlease sign in to rate a Thumb Down0 Zeppelin

3 hours ago

laughter is the best medicine


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0Please sign in to rate a Thumb UpPlease sign in to rate a Thumb Down0 EUPHONY ANGELO

5 hours ago

Ang loko... haha... ung kapit-bahay namin, ngumiti naman cia nung nagpa-picture cia... namatay naman agad... hahaha
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0Please sign in to rate a Thumb UpPlease sign in to rate a Thumb Down0 Erica

7 hours ago

^____^
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0Please sign in to rate a Thumb UpPlease sign in to rate a Thumb Down0 A Yahoo! User

9 hours ago

making others happy in my own way ^_^


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0Please sign in to rate a Thumb UpPlease sign in to rate a Thumb Down0 BB Ko

18 hours ago

I love this kind of article... (^______________________^)


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0Please sign in to rate a Thumb UpPlease sign in to rate a Thumb Down0 Big Dough

16 hours ago

even flossing your teeth and taking a bath can boost your longevity. dont smoke, and dont do drama. Just smile often and emmit happy vibrations.
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1Please sign in to rate a Thumb UpPlease sign in to rate a Thumb Down0 Lordes

7 hours ago

think of happy thoughts....


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Magic Mike

12 hours ago

sa mga signs na yan.. isa na lang ang kulang sa akin.. :D


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0Please sign in to rate a Thumb UpPlease sign in to rate a Thumb Down0 Azumi 5 hours ago

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0Please sign in to rate a Thumb UpPlease sign in to rate a Thumb Down0 Andrah

4 hours ago

#1 & #7 - the easiest #3 - the hardest


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9 hours ago

Being slightly overweight prolongs life? Great!!! Haha! At least this lifted my spirit up! :D
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0Please sign in to rate a Thumb UpPlease sign in to rate a Thumb Down0 D' Elect

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avoid addict infested areas..avoid holduppers..avoid confllicts..skirmish..pakikipagtalo..hahaba buhay nyo..


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0Please sign in to rate a Thumb UpPlease sign in to rate a Thumb Down0 Kid Beau

13 hours ago

get into the feeling place of whatever makes you happy.


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0Please sign in to rate a Thumb UpPlease sign in to rate a Thumb Down0 Etchua

22 hours ago

I'm doing good on all... except the social butterfly. :D


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11 hours ago

Learn a Language & Smiling in photographs:-))


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Surprising things that make you live longer: Smiling in photographs

Want to add years to your lifespan and squeeze more into your life? Youre not alone. Researchers are constantly on the hunt for ways we can increase our longevity, and they have come up with some pretty surprising findings. To help pave the way for a longer life, check out these seven unexpected things that increase your lifespan. 1. Smiling in photographs Next time someone asks you to smile for the camera, it may be wise to heed their advice if you want to live a longer life. A study by researchers at Wayne State University studied photos of former professional baseball players and found that the bigger their smile, the longer they lived. In fact,

those players with the biggest smiles amassed an average of seven more years than those with none. It is believed that this is because big smiles in photographs reflect true happiness, which is beneficial for both your physical and mental well-being. 2. Having "positive" initials While you may not give much thought to your initials, a surprising study by researchers at the University of California has revealed that having initials that spell out positive words (such as ACE, WOW or VIP) could add years on to your life. The study found that men with positive initials lived 4.48 years longer while men with initials that spelled out negative words died 2.8 years younger. Having negative initials most significantly seemed to impact on deaths with psychological components such as suicides and accidents, although there was a noticed increase in longevity in almost all disease categories for those with positive initials. 3. Getting married If youre lucky enough to have found the guy or girl of your dreams, research suggests that taking the next step and getting married could add years on to your lifespan. Being in love has many reported health benefits. In fact, researchers at the University of Rochester reported that a good marriage can be as beneficial for your heart as quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and reducing high blood pressure. Multiple research studies and statistics have backed this up, showing that those who are married live longer than singletons, generally due to the fact that they have a higher income and experience less social isolation. 4. Being slightly overweight While poor diets and obesity are bad news for your health, research has suggested that slightly overweight people actually live longer than those of normal weight, and significantly longer than those who are obese or excessively thin. However, David Feeny, who led one of the surprising research studies, has warned that this does not mean that normal weight people should attempt to gain weight to increase their lifespan. Experts explain that although being bigger may add a few years on to your lifespan perhaps due to it helping to safeguard against the weight loss and frailty that often incurs in old age that does not mean that it will increase your quality of life. 5. Having religious beliefs Multiple research studies have shown that believing in God regardless of which faith you adhere to could help to boost your health and increase your lifespan. A study involving liver transplant patients showed that those who had strong religious connections were up to three times more likely to survive, even if they did not attend church. Research results published in the Journal of

Gerontology: Medical Sciences also showed that people who attended regular religious services were 46 percent less likely to die during the six-year study. Experts believe that this may be due to increased social ties, less risky behavior and also the increased ability to cope with stress. 6. Being a social butterfly Healthy living can sometimes seem like hard work and it seems to be rare that the things we love are good for us. However, if you want a fun way to boost your health, take note: research suggests that making regular plans with your friends can help you to live longer by reducing feelings of depression, stress and risky behavior, and encouraging you to look after your health. In fact, a study by Brigham Young University found that having a good social network boosts your survival chances by 50 percent, while having few friends affects you longevity as much as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. 7. Laughter Whether youre having a giggle with friends or watching a funny movie, laughter is guaranteed to boost your mood and leave you feeling great. However, the benefits of laughter go way beyond that. Studies have found a multitude of ways in which laughter boosts your health, including lowering blood pressure levels, reducing bad cholesterol, enhancing the immune system and helping blood vessels to function better. A seven year study in Norway also found that those who laughed most often in everyday life were 35 per cent less likely to die during the study period.