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100 Ways to Live to 100: Small Steps to a Long Life

As it turns out, your genes have only a 10 percent influence on how long you live. Most experts agree that it’s the choices you make in your life that are the most important factors in your health and longevity.

In the early 1900s, the average life lasted 31 years. Can you imagine? Today, the average lifespan is about triple that. And hey, no one said you have to stop everything and change everything you’re doing. That’s not realistic. The idea is to be mindful and make some little changes. It’s the little things you do every day that make a big impact in the end. It’s all about the baby steps.

So let’s go through the simple things you can start doing today that will literally add years to your life. And remember, today is the first day of the rest of your life. So what are you waiting for?

Laugh More

There was a study done in 2012 that found an optimistic outlook on how to extend the lifespan. It found that a love of laughter can add years onto your life. The 243 centenarians that researchers studied considered laughter to be important part of life.


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There’s a reason they say that laughter is the best medicine. It’s free, it comes naturally, and it works! Whatever it is that makes you laugh, do more of it. Watch more comedies, spend time with kids, and talk to the people that make you laugh!