How to live longer? There’s an art to living a long, healthy life, and Swedish doctor and researcher Bertil Marklund has been honing it for years.
In his new book, The Nordic Guide to Living 10 Years Longer: 10 Easy Tips for a Happier, Healthier Life, Marklund breaks down the basics for staying vibrant longer. Here are three ways to live longer.
1. Stop inflammation
Sleep reduces inflammation and boosts the immune system.
Can’t get enough at night? People who have afternoon naps (you should aim for 20 minutes) have a 40 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
2. Get enough vitamin D
People in less-sunny locales (like Canada) are more likely to get stomach, kidney, bladder, rectum, prostate, breast and lung cancers due to a lack of vitamin D.
How to live longer? Get outside in the summer (with a low SPF if it’s just a short while), and take a vitamin D supplement during the fall and winter months.
3. Be positive
Optimists are more than twice as likely to have good heart health and live up to seven years longer than pessimists. Surround yourself with upbeat people and express gratitude whenever possible.
Too much of a pessimist to believe that last point? Here are three articles that can help: