TED Talk Challenge #19: How to live to be 100

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After a recent post on the misconceptions of dieting, I think this is a relevant TED Talk to follow up.
Dan Buettner and team have been travelling the globe, searching for the secret formula to good health and a long life. Honestly the results aren’t that surprising, but it’s a good reinforcer that will hopefully encourage you to build practices in your own life to be happier and healthier.

The video is 22minutes long, but it’s all very interesting and worth the time. Considering it could add about 9 years to your life it’s definitely worth the time.

I’m a little hesitant to jump to the end and list the top things that can increase life expectancy, as one of the things is about making time and I really want people to watch this and not just read the list. But I also want this list written down for easy access, so I hope you can all take the 20 odd minutes to go through this.

Oh and one last thing before the list, one thing none of these cultures do is deliberate exercise. I really like that point and it’s one of the reasons I avoid gyms. If you don’t enjoy the activity you won’t keep it up.

  • Move naturally: This means structure your life so you constantly move about. Whether it be walking/riding to work or doing manual labour in a garden.
  • Take time out: whether that be praying, meditating or just relaxing with friends, taking 15 minutes of time out a day can do wonders.
  • Life purpose: Know why you get up in the morning. Not sure on the spelling, but listen for the section on ‘Eekigai’.
  • Eat wisely: Listen to the video for a few little tips.
  • Connect: With loved ones. With family and friends. Keep the elderly involved in activities and keep both your body and brain engaged.



About Jamie D
I'm an entrepreneur and small business owner working in 3D animation and multimedia. I also have a keen interest in technology and education.

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