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Abdulsalam Habeeblah
Kwara state polytechnic,ilorin
Masscommunication
Graduate
HERE ARE 5 HABITS THAT MAKE YOU LIVE LONGER:
1. AVOID SMOKING OR DRINKING TOO MUCH ALCOHOL.
According to the American Cancer Society, the life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years less than it is for non-smokers. However, quitting smoking before the age of 40 cuts the risk of dying from a smoking-related disease by about 90%. Out of all the habits that help you live longer, some scientists believe that quitting smoking makes the biggest impact on your life expectancy.
Smoking can cause a wide range of health problems, some of them fatal. It is currently the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.
2. PRIORITIZE SLEEP.
Our modern society doesn’t seem to recognize the importance of restful sleep. Our “always on” world might have something to do with this. We check our phones constantly for notifications (including in the middle of the night sometimes!), stay up past our bedtimes watching Netflix or browsing social media, and don’t really provide a relaxing environment for sleep. For example, many people stay on technology until right before bed and don’t have a bedtime routine in place.
People who live longer make sure their sleep remains a priority, because getting a good night’s sleep is essential for optimal health. To ensure you get a restful sleep each night, adopt some good sleep practices.
3. EXERCISE.
This is one of the most important things you can do to live longer and improve your health. Exercise can ward off diseases, improve your mental health, and boost your physical fitness.
4. EAT MOSTLY WHOLE FOODS.
It’s no secret that diet plays a huge role in longevity. Each day, you make a choice to either feed your body disease or feed it health. You can look at diets throughout the world and see how healthy foods correlate with a longer life. For instance, some of the longest-living people reside in Costa Rica, Greece, and Japan, and what do those people have in common? They eat a lot of uncooked, whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, olive oil, nuts, seeds, and fresh fish.
In the U.S., however, we eat a lot of processed foods, which is reflected in our rates of preventable diseases. In general, make sure you eat mostly whole foods. Eat processed foods and red meats in moderation. Add a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to your diet to ensure you get all the nutrients you need.
If you eat mostly whole foods and move your body daily, you’ll have a better chance at keeping a healthy body weight, which is another habit of people who live longer.
5. NURTURE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS.
Loneliness is becoming an epidemic in this world, despite our increased ability to connect with each other. According to psychologist Amy Sullivan, loneliness makes cortisol levels in the body go up. Cortisol is linked to increased risk of inflammation, heart disease, cardiovascular problems, and even mental illness.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON HABITS THAT HELP YOU LIVE LONGER
If you want to live longer, it’s important to look after your health by refraining from smoking or excessive drinking. Eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, maintaining relationships, and getting enough sleep also provide a good start toward living a long and healthy life.
Bonus tip: Don’t overwork yourself. We’re working longer hours than ever in today’s world, but rarely making enough time for ourselves and our families. Try to cut your hours at work so you can focus on your well-being and spending time with family and friends. Don’t forget positive thinking, either! It can do wonders for your health.

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