What habits really make a difference and change the length and quality of our lives?
A growing body of research is clearly showing that the answer is far more holistic than simple things as diet alone and exercise alone. Consciousness and personality characteristics play an important role in longevity and wellbeing.
In this article we bring you surprising facts and useful recommendations for living more consciously and thus improving your overall wellbeing and the chances for an exceptionally long life.
Ongoing Research Shows – Personality has Great Bearing On Longevity
It has been repeatedly claimed that a healthy lifestyle will contribute to both wellbeing and longevity. A healthy lifestyle may include maintaining a strict diet of healthy, nutritious and poison-free ingredients, engaging in physical activity on a regular basis, etc. But a research conducted by Dr. Lewis M. Terman, which tracked the lives of over 1,500 people, shows that consciousness plays an important role in life expectancy and wellbeing.
Dr Terman began his research in 1921, following 1,528 11 year old children, and has since followed their lives for over 75 years. The research shows that prudence and pertinacity are common traits of individuals who lived a long life.
Stress – a Contributor to Longevity
You may find this surprising but Dr Terman’s research found a positive connection between stress and longevity. This finding doesn’t mean that frequent panic attacks are a predictor for a long life – but it does show that a balanced and control level of stress is actually a good thing. In adults, many other researchers have found that stress, providing that it is not overpowering, actually is a predictor of well being and longevity. When a person is challenged, involved, when leading a full and interesting life, some level of stress is inevitable.
Advisable Changes of Consciousness
Dr. Terman’s ongoing work is just one example in an ever growing number of researches and which describe a connection between wellbeing and longevity to conscious selections we make in our everyday lives. Here are some tips related to conscious choices we make:
- Good friends and a close community- research shows that being a part of a community and having meaningful relationships are a predictor of increased wellbeing and longevity. Interestingly, the effect of having a spouse on wellbeing and longevity is not conclusive
- Religious or spiritual beliefs- believing in the existence of a higher force or a divine order, makes it easier to accept and deal with whatever life throws upon us and thus increases both wellbeing and longevity
- Being satisfied in general- whether the cup is half empty or half full is probably always a matter of how you view the situation and respond to it. People who tend to see the full half tend to have a longer, happier life.