What would you say to being able to add 7 ½ more minutes of life to each day? Sound good? It is easier than you might think. It has also been scientifically proven. And, we know, if science says so, it must be true, right? In this case it is true. Before I give you the magic formula, here is a little more from the world of science on longevity.
Geneticists might say that the length of one’s life is mainly determined by how long his or her ancestors lived.
But Dr. Kenneth Pelletier, authority on longevity, disputes the geneticists. “Good genes give you an edge,” he says, “but this doesn’t account for people who live 30 to 40 years beyond the average life expectancy. A strong sense of purpose and commitment to higher values, as well as lifelong physical and mental activity, play a more important role in longevity than purely biological factors such as hormonal changes.”
He asserts that the single most important predictor of longevity is enthusiasm for life: staying busy, being curious, feeling that you are accomplishing something worthwhile.
In addition, studies have also shown that of all the things we have control over in our lives, the number one predictor of longevity, is social connections. Positive interactions with others greatly improves our health and well being. This all makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?
Okay. Now back to the 7 1/2 minute formula. It is more of a challenge on 4 fronts – physical, mental, emotional, social. No groaning. It is much simpler than you might imagine. Here we go.
Challenge #1: Pick one: Stand up and take three steps, or make your hands into fists, raise them over your head as high as you can for five seconds.
That is physical resilience, which means that your body can withstand more stress and heal faster.
We know from the research that the number one thing you can do to boost your physical resilience is to not sit still. That’s all it takes. Every single second that you are not sitting still, you are actively improving the health of your heart, lungs and brain.
Challenge #2: snap your fingers exactly 50 times, or count backwards from 100 by seven’s. That's mental resilience, which means you have more mental focus, more discipline, determination and willpower. We know from research that willpower actually works like a muscle. It gets stronger the more you exercise it. So tackling a tiny challenge without giving up, even one as absurd as those just given is actually a scientifically validated way to boost your willpower.
Challenge #3:Do a quick YouTube or Google image search for your favorite baby animal.
What you are feeling is emotional resilience, which means you have the ability to provoke powerful, positive emotions like curiosity or love, which we feel looking at baby animals. If you can manage to experience three positive emotions for every one negative emotion over the course of an hour, a day, a week, you dramatically improve your health and your ability to successfully tackle any problem you’re facing.
Challenge #4: Shake someone's hand for six seconds, or send someone a quick thank you by text, email, Facebook or Twitter.
That is social resilience, which means you actually get more strength from your friends, your neighbors, your family, your community. Now, a great way to boost social resilience is gratitude. Touch is even better. Shaking someone's hand for six seconds dramatically raises the level of oxytocin, the trust hormone, in your bloodstream. That means that if you’ve shaken hands with someone, you are biochemically primed to like and want to help each other. - (CAUTION: it would be wise to bump elbows instead while Covid 19 is going around.)
These 4 challenges will give you 7 and 1/2 min. more of life each day. What do you say? I say, “Let’s go for it.”
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