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10 Ways to Live Longer

Book Review   by:TeacherSenseiGerald     Original Authors: Mark Stibich; Ph.D.
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1. Drink Red WineRed wine is packed with resveratrol, an antioxidant. These work to protect your body against the effects of aging. One or 2 glasses of red wine a day can help keep your body young.2. Eat Dark ChocolateDark chocolate
is a wonderful food that contains a large amount of antioxidants that
protect your body from aging. Find good quality dark chocolate, learn to appreciate it, and have a bit of it each day. Eating chocolate may lower your blood pressure and cholesterol while providing an energy boost.3. SmileSmiling is a great way to change your attitude, connect with people and give benefit to your body. Like relaxation, smiling can work to counteract the effects of stress. By forcing ourselves to smile,
we "trick" our body into believing that everything is good, thereby
reducing stress. Like a switch, smiling can actually change your mood.
So put a smile on, even if you don''''t feel like it, and pretty soon
you''''ll be smiling for real.4. Have More SexSex and touching are thought to be essential parts of health. Sex releases an assortment of beneficial chemicals in the body. Sex and touching
help us bond with others, strengthens relationships, and increases our
own self-worth. Frequent sex may even extend your life by years.5. RelaxRelaxation
is the opposite of stress. While stress brings harmful health effects,
relaxation helps our bodies to rest, heal and function better. By
practicing daily relaxation techniques,
you can train yourself to turn off your stress and replace it with calm
energy. This will improve your blood pressure, heart rate and ability
to cope with life''''s challenges.6. Make Exercise PlayPhysical games and sports are a great way to keep both your body and mind healthy. Simple exercise
routines are great for maintaining balance, flexibility, endurance and
strength. Group games and sports can give your mind a workout as well,
as you anticipate other people''''s actions and how to work together. Find
a game and activity that suits your level of physical ability and play
often.7. SleepSleep is an essential body function. Most Americans do not get enough sleep.
Medications, stress, illness and poor sleep habits all can prevent you
from getting between 7 and 9 hours a night. The health benefits of
sleep include more energy, better immune function, and more.8. Spend Time With Loved OnesRelationships
are an important part of health. Not only do strong bonds with other
people mean you will have help when you need it, being connected also
means protection from loneliness, depression, and mental illness. Spend
time cultivating your relationships with friends and family to improve your health and your life.9. Solve Puzzles and Play Brain GamesMind games are a great way to stay involved and engaged in the world. Games
can exercise different parts of your mind and entice your curiosity. If
possible, choose social games like chess or bridge that exercise your
brain while keeping you connected with others.10. Be PositiveHaving a positive attitude
about aging can add more than seven years to your life, according to
researchers. Avoid the cultural push to glorify youth and regret each
passing year. Find ways to to pleasure in your increasing age and enjoy
greater learning, experience, and control in your life.
Published: February 18, 2008   
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