Do you dream of living a long and healthy life? Have you ever fantasised about reaching the big 100?
One brilliant TED talk presenter has shared some of the common factors that will help you possibly reach that milestone and they are surprising.
While cutting out alcohol, cigarettes and taking regular exercise feature as expected it is close social relationships and meaningful social interactions that have the biggest impact...
The background to the talk...
The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to psychologist Susan Pinker, it's not a sunny disposition or a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders healthy -- it's their emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions. Learn more about super longevity as Pinker explains what it takes to live to 100 and beyond.
The top three factors pointed out by researcher Julianne Holt-Lunstad that contribute to a long life are
- Social integration
- Close Relationships
- Quit smoking
Surprisingly, weight and exercise ranked lower than getting the flu jab when it comes to protecting life expectancy.
The full video is worth a watch here as it might just change how you interact with the world...