Cheer up. Stop worrying. Don’t work so hard?

UC Riverside study of longevity unearths surprising answers.

Good advice for a long life? As it turns out, no. In a groundbreaking study of personality as a predictor of longevity, University of California, Riverside researchers found just the opposite.

“It’s surprising just how often common assumptions – by both scientists and the media – are wrong,” said Howard S. Friedman, distinguished professor of psychology who led the 20-year study.
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A great sleep is essential for great health and longevity.

  • Do you toss and turn at night?
  • Does your mind race with events from yesterday and ideas for tomorrow?
  • Do you rely on prescription pills?

Kitten sleeping with open mouthThese issues and many more are common to millions of people worldwide. Ideally seven to eight hours a night is recommended. However the reality is that for many, they just do not get enough sleep. Requirements do vary somewhat from person to person, but to function effectively during the day you need to awaken well rested. If you struggle to get enough sleep try the following:

1. Get enough exercise during the day, and then have a wind down period for a couple of hours before sleep. Aerobic exercise is particularly beneficial because it releases endorphins and helps relieve stress.

2. Make going to bed at the same time a habit. You may need to organize this with your partner or other family members. A happier you will be a reward for them.
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Living longer and working longer go hand in hand according to research.

When does old age start?

In many countries an older worker is still defined by government agencies as someone over the age of 40.  But most of us in the western world don’t think that way (unless we are teenagers!) and realize that we are all living longer.  There can be the impression that older workers are a drag on society using up precious resources. Some think that senior citizens hinder younger people from gaining employment.

The case for employing older workers

The fact is though, that those who remain productively employed are more likely to stay fit and healthy.  This means a lower usage of heath care than would otherwise be the case.  There will always be some slowing down once people get into their 60’s. However older workers have been shown to have lower rates of absenteeism and a stronger work ethic. They are also less likely to have accidents at work than their young co-workers.
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The Fountain of Youth – then

How to live longer has been a goal of mankind since earliest times. Some sought a quick solution to living longer in the legendary Fountain of Youth which reputedly restored the youth of anyone who drank of its waters. These waters were also spoken of among indigenous peoples of the Caribbean during the Age of Exploration and one story  tells of a Spanish explorer who  was searching for the Fountain of Youth when he called in to what is now named Florida in the early 16th century. Since then, the source of  has been often associated with Florida. Read More…