Wellness: Add 30 Years to your Life

As we learn more and more about the affects of food on our bodies -- such as pinpointing sugar or fat as the primary culprits to endangering our bodies, other factors play a role in our overall wellness. Wellness constitutes a state of optimal well-being that is meant to increase a person's potential. Through the enhancement of getting more physical through exercise, engaging our intellect and "listening" more closely to our emotions, it allows us to also participate more socially with our peers/friends/neighbors. The process of expanding our horizons through the actions just mentioned, also allows us to be more aware of taking care of our surrounding environment.

I have mentioned Dan Buettner from time to time simply because the things he talks about encapsulates the points I like to make as well -- in order to have good health and wellness several key components need to be taken into consideration. The following are 8 important ingredients for adding -- more life to your life....

1) Make movement part of your daily life - Even if you aren't able to hit the gym for an hour workout on any given day, do little things throughout the day like take the stairs, park further away from your destination and walk more or just stretch every hour for a couple of minutes -- especially if you sit at a desk all day.

2) Develop a Green Thumb - Even if you don't have a big yard, plant something. Even if you plant herbs, those are perfect to have on hand anyway to add to your cooking.

3) Be Mindful of your Company - Choose your friends wisely and hang out with positive people.

4) Go Nuts - Seriously, have nuts as snacks. Just a small handful is enough to give you good energy and also keep you from getting hungry and eating things you might regret later! Nuts have so many nutritional benefits from walnuts to cashews to peanuts to Brazil nuts to almonds and more...

5) Find Religion - This doesn't have to mean something negative. I've heard many people say they don't like "organized" religion, but find something that works for you and allows you to participate more in a community doing some good.

6) Know Your Purpose - Figure out what you are meant to do in your life and find purpose.

7) Volunteer - Volunteering can be really good for your heart and overall well being -- no question about it!

8) Watch Your Money - This can be difficult, but it is so worth it to know where your money goes! Being accountable with your money is also empowering.

By following the above-mentioned core principles, favorable circumstances to adding good quality years to your life can become a reality.

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