Hack Longevity: Social Life 64

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Longevity depends a lot on social life.

Ironic, I know.

Basically, other people in our life have a say in how long we’re going to live. That’s the big picture.

But, also, it all depends on us. It’s our reaction to what they do and say, our attitude towards them and whether we let them control, judge, let us down, etc.

I already explained how the factors connected to health and environment affect our life expectancy.
But social life is as important.

In this post I’ll summarize the stuff that involves other people that shortens our life or helps us live longer.

Something like social life – that is such a big part of our daily round and has many consequences – just can’t be ignored when talking about living a happy, healthy and extended life.

Improving social life to increase longevity

Longevity hack 1: Meaningful Relationships

Loving and being loved makes our living worthwhile, pleasant and joyful.

This includes all the people you can rely on, spend quality time with and care for and all that is the key for no depression, stress and loneliness.

Longevity hack 2: Conflicts

To some extent they can be useful, but most of the times people distort the situation, yell at each other and argue.
This leads to bad relationships that can be carried on for years, and that may be fatal for our level of happiness, harmony and calmness.

Conflicts can be prevented by listening, discussing and trying to find a reasonable solution together that will work best for everyone.

We also need to realize the origin of the conflict.

Wrangles increase our adrenaline, anger makes us say and do things we later regret and brings many unpleasant experiences and stress

That harms our health and social life way too much, so the best thing is to react with ease, think before we speak and always put ourselves in the other person’s shoes.

Longevity hack 3: Community

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We are social human beings and have the need to communicate with others, feel part of a group and have relationships.

Isolated people are sad, depressed and lonely and live shorter than those who visit different social gatherings, talk to different individuals, meet new ones, find new friends, join groups and organizations, go to parties, volunteer and work with many people.

Longevity hack 4: Social Status

It’s connected with success, appreciation, being a role model for others and being respected. But it also affects our lifespan in the long term.

A good position in your job or having your own business, for instance, gives you confidence, financial independence, safety, makes you feel like everything’s under control and you contribute to society and the world.

On the other hand, people who don’t have that are usually negative, jealous of others and constantly criticize successful people, have fear of losing their job and big money issues. All that leads to stress, bad sleep, depression and even diseases.

So continue working on yourself and your ideas, respect others, always put extra effort in what you are doing and never give up on your dreams.

Longevity hack 5: Pet

Having a pet can definitely add years to your life – in fact, the benefits are many.

A pet will always love you no matter what and will constantly show that to you. You form a relationship on a different level – sometimes even better and much more inspirational than the ones you have with people, as they often manipulate, lie, disappoint and do bad things.

The animal can trust you, keep you safe, make you company and cheer you. It’s also a great way to meet other pet owners.

Longevity hack 6: Kids

Many complain about their kids but can’t deny that they’ve changed their life in such a positive way.

Children are our bright future, they are filled with energy and excitement, full of ideas and have a great imagination. Their laugh and smile can make your day.

Regardless of their whims and moods, they are always happy because they still see the magic in everything (unlike adults that have countless worries, fears, negative thoughts and think too much about money, work and problems) and can inspire you and make you feel alive again.

Longevity hack 7: Relationship Status

A stable relationship is another key to longevity as it gives you security, love, calmness, company and much more

Marriage and a happy family life will keep you satisfied and happy.

Families that stick together and continue to show love and appreciation every day suffer less from any diseases, have less financial problems, are in a good mental condition and live longer than the ones that often have argues or get divorced.

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So to conclude, I’d say that if you show respect and treat everyone with love and have a positive attitude, you’ll get the same in return.

Make friends, talk with people as much as you can, be honest with them, smile more, help those in need, take care of your family, form stable relationships and prepare yourself for the long, happy life that awaits you.

How does your social life affect your longevity?

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How Your Home Affects Your Mental Health and Mood 48

How Your Home Affects Your Mental Health and Mood

As the seasons change, so can your mood. Your mental health is dependent on many factors like environment, susceptibility, relationships. But what about the home you live in?

It is suggested that having more unrestricted spaces and open concepts would be more beneficial to our mental health because it would allow our minds to create multiple paths and perspective about the world around us, potentially strengthening intellectual abilities.

For a better understanding of how the structures around us affect our mental health, researchers are looking into the benefits and shortfalls of raising children in more open versus enclosed spaces.

Few points to be taken care of if your home is affecting your mental health:

1. Clean equals calm.

The surroundings in which you live should be neat and clean. If you live in clean surroundings, you are going to relax your mind and feel good.

2. Embrace small and cramped.

Even if you live in a small apartment, you should make your stay an enjoyable one. You can design your small home with elegant furniture which you can find on the online portal Urban Ladder.

Also, embrace your house with coordinating colors and then see you will love your small living area as well.

3. Light it up.

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Most people are sensitive to light. Some people like to live in dark and others like to live in full light. Those who live in dark are prone to remain sad most of the times. So try to live in the places full of light.

Sunlight changes your mood so incorporate the sunshine into your daily life. Spend some time in the open sunlight.

4. Set up for sleep.

Sleep plays a very important part in our lives. If you get proper sleep, you will be able to remain happy.

Make sure you have a dark environment to sleep, be it in the night or day. Because darkness helps in making you sleep properly and wake up in a happy mode.

5. Room wisely.

Roommates can be either positive or negative. So you need to choose a room partner very wisely.

If you start living with a negative person, you are going to compromise with your mental health and can bother yourselves. So instead of hampering your mind and health, it’s better to choose a proper roommate for you.

6. Paint your way to a smile.

Choose soft colors for the wall paint as they soothe your eyes and mind.

7. Break-ups may require a break from your apartment.

If you have been living with a partner for a longer period of time in an apartment and somehow you break up with that person, the memories are going to hamper your mental health. So it would be better if you also take a break from your apartment and change your apartment.

8. Choosing a color.

Remember, all colors can affect your mood, behavior and stress levels. Choosing the color of your office, your clothes or your desktop should not be taken lightly. They do affect our moods and productivity.

However, colors are not the only thing that affects us. But, when you are given the choice, pick a color that will work with you and not against you.

At the end, we would like to tell you all your mental health depends completely upon the surrounding you live in so make some efforts to bring some positive changes in the surroundings and notice the real change in you.