I just read a fantastic article on the Wise Bread site about inexpensive ways to add years to your life, that it inspired this piece. So we are going to cover four additional ways to add years to your life. The good thing about many of the activities and ideas below are free to at least low cost. Feel free to add to the list, by leaving a comment below and providing your own suggestions.
4 Additional Ways To Add Years To Your Life
1. Friendships - perhaps one of the most important, yet often excluded from lists such as the above on Wise Bread is the creation and maintenance of friendships. It’s been proven that socializing regularly and with good like minded individuals is a great way to keep your spirits up and depression down. Going out once or twice a week and socializing outside the workplace is an excellent way to keep your mind sharp and your health intact.
2. Help Others - this falls into the volunteer category and as the name implies, it’s all about helping others and feeling that sense of worth in being able to do so. You can find volunteer opportunities in many different places, such as your local hospital, church, library, pet home, senior center and so on. Choose something you genuinely like and would enjoy doing regularly, and keep in mind that helping others brings about a great sense of accomplishment - which in turn helps you feel better.
3. Donate To Charities - are you an ardent animal lover? Or maybe have a special place in your heart for Seniors because you have aging parents? Whatever your reasons for liking a cause, why not put some money toward it. This could be an annual end of year gift, a monthly contribution or simply a one off donation. It doesn’t matter the amount, what matters is that you donate because you want to support your special cause.
4. Choose Your Career Wisely - another item in your life than can have a dramatic impact on your health, is your career choice. It’s no secret that stock brokers have one of the most stressful jobs on the planet, and it’s also no secret that doctors and other medical personnel have unusually long days and hours. Your choice of career can mean the difference between a happy heart and an unhealthy heart. Choose wisely.
Think about the many different ways that you can add value to your life, so that in turn you can lead a happy, healthy and long life. The four tips above are a good start. What else can you add to the list? Tell us below.