Living a longer and fuller life has become a privilege and a preserve of a few people in life.
The choices we make in life can have an impact on how long we live. While there are no guarantees or methods that can tell you how long one will live, there are many simple benchmarks that can help predict if you'll live longer than most.
YEN.com.gh shares with you five of the most important ways to help you live longer than your peers.
Being a conscientious person
According to a 2006 research published in the journal, conscious people are know to live longer. Researchers speculate that conscientious people are more self-disciplined when it comes to diet and exercise and less likely to smoke and drink. Meanwhile, an extraverted personality is associated with optimism, which translates to lower stress levels.
You aren't obese
Obese people who have a BMI of 35 or higher have a 29% increased risk of death over normal-weight individuals, according to a 2013 review of more than 100 studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. This report also made headlines for a shocking revelation: people who are overweight (but not obese) may live longer than normal-weight individuals.
Being overweight still increases your risk of chronic conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Sleeping well and enough
According to research from the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine and the American Cancer Society, it seems the sweet spot for sleep—and living a longer life as a result—is to get about seven hours of shut eye every night. The study, which was published in the British Medical Journal, looked at 1.1 million adults between 30 and 102 years old over a six-year period and found that people who slept for eight hours or more each night or less than four hours died earlier than those that slept somewhere in between. Shockingly, even people who slept only five hours each night on average lived longer than the folks who snoozed for eight or more. The best survival rates found in the study were for subjects who averaged seven hours each night. Get yourself up to seven hours of sleep and you'll be your best every morning—and have a lot more mornings to look forward to in the process.
Like the saying goes, a healthy body in a healthy mind. A seafood-rich diet supplies you with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which might help lengthen your life. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine looked at more than 2,600 adults and those who had the highest omega-3 blood levels reduced their overall risk of death by 27%, and even had a 35% lesser chance of dying from heart-related issues.
Yes, being spiritual! Measuring the power of prayer has long been a point of contention for many in the scientific community. But in a 2011 study published in the Journal of Religion & Health, researchers looked at more than 92,000 women, including smokers, drinkers, and women who exercised (and those who didn't). Regardless of unhealthy or healthy habits, the study found that people who attended one religious service each week were less likely to be depressed than those who did not. Since depression can impact longevity, such attendance might help.