The Blue Zones
A study and a book written by Dan Buettner, he discovered common denominators of various groups of people that not only lived well over 100 but did so with vibrant health and few incidences of disease.
Here is my summary of those 9 common denominators:
1. Move naturally. It's not about marathons or pumping iron but rather it's about working around the house, gardening, walking, cycling, and walking when talking on the phone.
2. Know your purpose. Have a reason for waking up in the morning.
3. Kick back. Find ways to shed stress, whether it's praying, napping, time with friends and family that are supportive, uplifting and fun or going to happy hour.
4. Eat less. Stop eating when you are 80% full.
5. Eat less meat. Beans and a 90% vegan diet are a cornerstone of most of these particular groups of people.
6. Drink only in moderation. Only the Seventh-day Adventists in California didn't have one to two glasses a wine a day (however, often they drank particular wine highest in antioxidants).
7. Have faith. Denomination doesn't seem to matter, but attending faith-based services (several times a month) does.
8. Power of love. Put families first, including committing to a partner and keeping aging parents and grandparents nearby.
9. Stay social. Build a social network that supports healthy behaviors.