Who lives long, healthy, and thriving lives, and why?
Surprisingly, you probably already know all the basics.
But you just do not do them, because you have not yet found the pathway that is most suitable for you.
(Do not ask centenarians what they think and do. They laugh a lot; you can laugh too if you thrive to 100, but that does not help you reach 100!)
There are core elements that contribute to a healthy, happy, long life. Here are 7 tips for thriving while maintaining optimal health:
1. Develop good social ties with a healthy community.
The first tip is most important because it helps with the others.
Are you close with an extended healthy family, or with a volunteer social group or prosocial religious community?
Do you have a worthwhile career or positive educational endeavor? Great.
2. Stay physically active in whatever way works for you.
Do anything but stay sitting! And no, you do not have to do yoga, run marathons, or go deep-sea fishing if those things bore or bother you.
3. Forget tobacco and substance abuse.
But you already know that—and chain smokers are probably not reading this column.
4. Be responsibly prudent.
Consider the things your mother, teachers, and doctors and nurses advised—from wearing seatbelts to protecting against sexually transmitted diseases and keeping up with medical visits.
5. Avoid obesity.
Eat proper amounts of . You know what is possible for you.
6. Have a best friend.
7. Have something worthwhile or meaningful that you do in your life.
Everything else follows from these. I am not saying it is easy to accomplish. That’s why there are winners and losers.
Often we slip, and sometimes you just have bad luck. Most of the time, thriving need not be complicated or unbearably burdensome.
In our research, we are studying the best ways to get on these healthy pathways (and stay on them).