What The Okinawa People Do Differently to Live to 100 152

what the okinawa people do differently to live to 100

The Okinawa islands of Japan are known to be the place where the longest living people reside. What’s more, it’s where happiness is a permanent part of the average person’s life and each Okinawan truly enjoys each and every day.

There are 5 times as many centenarians, and people live at least 7 good years longer than the average American. There are much less heart diseases, almost no depression, and even cancer is a rare occasion.

So they must be doing some things differently than us. Let’s see what these are:

Longevity and Happiness Secrets from The People of Okinawa

1. They embrace an Ikigai.

Ikigai means a reason for living. And it’s something every individual has to define on his own after he studies his inner self.

Okinawans, especially the old ones, have found that early on, and can easily describe the why behind their daily life. They have a reason for getting up in the morning, which means they have a reason for being.

But most people from other cultures are confused. They follow a path that society has created for them, live by someone else’s standards, are doing many things all the time and don’t really pay attention to their deepest desires.

They rarely find out their purpose and passions in life. And even if they are close to them, they are afraid to admit them and to follow them. Because often this means not answering other people’s expectations, not finishing big current projects, not being ordinary.

But finding and embracing your ikigai is one of the first steps to a long, happy life. Without it, you’ll just wander through life, holding onto material things, memories from the past, other people, or else. You’ll jump from one goal to another, from one daily task to the next. And you’ll rarely know why you do all that. And, which is more important, it won’t feel like the right thing.

According to Psychology Today “Individuals who believe their lives are worth living live longer.”

And if you too want to make sure you make it till the end with a smile on your face, get clear about what you want in life and find meaning in your days. Know why you wake up in the morning and you’ll have the best motivation to do it.

2. Their diet is plant-based.

the okinawa diet is plant-based

The Okinawa diet is quite famous and is believed to be one of the main reasons for the longevity of the people there.

They live a long life, usually make it to 100+ years, and even die quickly and peacefully in their sleep.

So what do Okinawans eat exactly?

Here are the main elements of their diet:

  • 30% green and yellow vegetables;
  • fermented soy foods;
  • tofu (they eat it 8 times as much as Americans do);
  • small quantities of rice;
  • sweet potatoes;
  • goya;
  • a tiny amount of fish;
  • pork;
  • turmeric and jasmine tea;
  • squid.

Check out more about the cuisine here and the diet itself here.

A proper diet, however, determines up to %30 of our longevity. So it’s not all about that.

But if you get rid of the processed fats and junk food once and for all, and rely mainly on plants, the number of years you’ll live will be much more optimistic.

3. They never overeat and maintain their weight.

They don’t just eat simply, they also eat much less.

Their diet is vegetarian and seafood rich and filled with anti-oxidants. But that also means it’s low in fat and sugar and is calorie restricted.

All that slows the aging process, makes Okinawans healthier and happier and lets them enjoy life longer.

“Okinawan centenarians tend to stay lean throughout their lives by eating fewer calories than they burn off during the day. But retaining a healthy body mass index (BMI) is just one piece of the longevity puzzle; maintaining a stable weight is every bit as important.” (Fitness Magazine)

In his TED talk How to Live to Be 100+, Dan Buettner shares that the culture of Okinawa includes smaller plates, fewer calories per meal (due to the low-calorie-density foods they consume mostly like vegetables, plants and soups) and they even keep the rest of the food away while eating so that there are no temptations and unconscious overeating.

You can learn more about their eating habits in his video:

4. Everyone is in a moai.

They live a social life with the help of forming moais – groups of people who support and help each other, meet and communicate often, and contribute to financial funds.

All this is quite different from the so-called social gathering of the average person of today. It’s not about nightlife, or using social media, or going shopping or to a café.

The Okinawa community is all about honest communication, compassion, building better relationships, sharing ideas, connecting emotionally and reducing stress.

They even make their meals more social and thus enjoy them more.

5. They are more active.

People in Okinawa are generally fit.

The karate originated there and many people practice tai chi. Gardening is quite a common thing. Most people grow their own vegetables and that counts as daily exercise too.

Now you know the main reasons why Okinawans have the longest life expectancy than anywhere else on the planet.

What do you think? And which of these habits and changes can you bring to your life today?

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 15

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.

relationships

As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

How to Win The 9-to-5 Battle by Staying Healthy at Work letsreachsuccess.com

It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

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Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.