Do you want to live longer… and stay happier while doing it?
Well, brace yourself. Because today I’m NOT going to tell you about a special nutrient-packed food. I’m not going to let you in on a breakthrough new age-fighting exercise.
I’m not even going to share news about a potent vitamin or powerful herb.
And you’re not going to hear about some of the tried and true ways to extend your days here on earth either, such as working out, eating right, or sleeping more.
No, today I want to talk about an anti-aging secret that’s completely different.
Because new research has revealed one of the most shocking reasons some folks live to be 90, 100, and beyond. All while still feeling great.
So what’s their secret?
Here’s a hint: stop being TOO nice!
Act like a MULE to live LONGER
The researchers focused on folks between the ages of 50 and 75 years old, as well as older people between 90 and 101. And one thing stood out like a sore thumb.
Those who lived 20 years longer and were still going strong were STUBBORN.
You couldn’t get them to budge on anything. And these seniors would never go along with something simply to be nice.
No these folks are tough as nails and proud of it.
Now, you may think they’d have to have a bad attitude to be that tough. But you’d be wrong.
Because the OTHER thing they all have in common is a positive can-do approach. They smile and look on the bright side of things. Just don’t try to push them around.
In other words, if you want to live a long, healthy life, you want to be BOTH stubborn and upbeat.
5 other traits to adopt for a longer life
The researchers uncovered a few other common personality traits among these long-lived folks.
Adopting them yourself could help YOU live longer too…
Turns out folks who live longer believe in themselves. They’re not arrogant or vain. They just have solid self-confidence with a dash of domineering mixed in. In other words, they tend to be a bit bossy.
2. Strong work ethic:
Getting stuff done. Plus working as long as it takes to do are qualities these strong older folks share. So if you’re a bit of a lazybones and you want a longer life, it’s time to change your ways.
3. Tight family ties:
Blood is definitely thicker when it comes to getting older. And strong family relationships are the foundation of these super-agers’ lives.
Even if you live far away from your family don’t let those family ties loosen. Pick up the phone or try one of those live streaming services such as Skype or Facebook Live to stay in touch.
4. Strong faith in God:
These folks are regulars at church and firmly believe in the power of prayer.
In fact, in another study of centenarians (those over 100 years old), 98 percent belonged to some type of faith-based community. And that same study found that attending religious services every week increases your healthy lifespan by up to 14 extra years.
5. Belief in country:
Next time you head out to vote or sing the Star Spangled Banner, know you’re adding healthy years to your life. Because ALL of the healthy older folks in the study believed in their country and stood behind their patriotism.
The bottom line? Yet again, it turns out that ATTITUDE trumps everything else in the end. So if you want to live longer and better it’s time to change your attitude.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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