Blue Zone Longevity Secret 5
In the study of the Blue Zone secrets for Longevity, this one is possibly the most important in my own thinking. In the book called Centenarians: The Bonus Years, this secret was referred to as “a desire to live.” As I narrowed the secrets from my 2008 studies, I called it “A Desire to Live and a Love of Life.”
For myself, at almost 75 (and actually feeling younger by the day), life seems to be getting more and more joyful. Most thankfully, John and I are strong and healthy; which does make a huge difference. However, we don’t ever take our health for granted. We do things daily to safeguard that health, which includes daily exercise (walking, CROSSFIT or ballroom dancing), taking natural whole food supplements (we’ve taken a consistent “many” since 1978), and eating as healthy as we can (for us this is a modified Paleo way of eating.)
Probably the most important thing we do to improve and strengthen our health is to daily declare specific Health Scriptures over ourselves. We do this together each night. We know the power of the spoken word and the creative power of Speaking
I can’t say life is easier at this age because there are now many more loved ones to pray for and think about. Our income is way less than years past, but we know the blessings of tithing and giving and are never without. We still have a large number of responsibilities, ( we don’t really believe in retirement). John is busy caring for his Ice House and our rental property and I am busy with my business and grandchildren. We’ve learned to trust the Lord more, to pray together, and to carve out time to do things we so enjoy.
The Blue Zone Study
An 11-year study that followed active people between 65 and 92 found that those who expressed a clear goal in life – a reason to get up every morning, something that made a difference — lived longer and were more mentally alert than those who had no goal.
December 31, 1999 saw an increase in elderly deaths. The researchers felt that these older people may have willed themselves to live to see the new millennium.
The sense of purpose may be simple involving seeing grandchildren grow up well. It might be related to fulfillment of work or a hobby one loves. Even a new activity can provide a sense of purpose. Learning a new language or how to play musical instrument may give a double bonus as this is also one of the best things one can do to keep the brain sharp longer.
“Exercising your brain is important: Doing things that are novel and complex. Once you get good at them, and they are no longer novel, then you move on to something else. So you are kind of doing strength training for the brain.” Dr. Thomas Perls of Boston Medical School