Want to know the secret to living a long, happy life?
OH, so much and so little. That's life - the sum of it I mean.
I'm 59-years-old, it's Christmas, there's a lot going on. I'm working, there's family, there's food, there's pressies, there's wonderful friends and moments of celebration. Life is feeling pretty damn good.
I'm thinking I wouldn't mind being around for few more festive seasons.
So I do, what we do, when we need answers. I google and find out the secret to a long life (that is 100 and a little over).
Take heed, dear friends, these solutions are not a 'one size fits all' answer. In fact some of the solutions would nail me, rather than revive me. But, I reckon there's something for everyone here.
Let's start on the stuff, we would like to do, could even try, but likely will not succeed over any period of time that could make a significant difference.
WEIRD FOOD MIX:
Emma Moreno, an Italian woman who just celebrated her 117th birthday, revealed her secret to living so long that she's the last living person born in the 1800s: eggs and cookies. Morano credited her longevity to an unusual diet: "I eat two eggs a day and that's it. And cookies. But I do not eat much because I have no teeth."
Britain's John Mansfield, who died just shy of his 109th birthday, enjoyed a slug of something sour.
His son, Richard, said; "He swore by vinegar. He would drink it. Last time I saw him alive on Saturday he had a bottle of vinegar on his table and it was half gone. He used to say, 'if you've got an ailment drink some vinegar'."
Yes, you absolutely must keep doing that, however researchers in China have gone so far as to call garlic's hydrogen sulfide the key to a longer life. You see, garlic creates a gas called hydrogen sulphide which relaxes blood vessels. Relaxing blood vessels, in turn, allows more oxygen to travel to the body's organs. It lowers high blood pressure and protects the body against cardiovascular disease. Yep, makes sense to me.
Ditch routines says a UK scientist. Time flies when you're not having fun. And it goes really slowly when you're trying out new things, going on holiday to different places and building the kind of memories that stay with you for life.
This, say scientists, could be the secret to a genuinely long life, as marked by the only measure that matters: how long it feels.
HAVE NO FUN:
UK's Rita Evans, celebrating her 105th birthday, has shared the secret to a long life - and it's not what you might expect. She says hard work and using carbolic soap have helped get her this far.
In America, "I eat the 'see food' diet. Anything I see, I eat. When I see food, I eat it," said 90-year-old Bill Louis, who attributed his longevity to his obedience to his wife. "I'm 90, we've been married 68 years, just learn to say 'yes dear' and you're not going to get in trouble. Longevity will come follow you."
A Taiwanese study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, states, "Shopping behaviour favourably predicts survival. "Highly frequent shopping may favour men more than women. Shopping captures several dimensions of personal well-being, health and security as well as contributing to the community's cohesiveness and economy and may represent or actually confer increased longevity".
DRINKS AND CIGGIES:
You wouldn't think a doctor would recommend alcohol as a health remedy - but for British centenarian Dorothy Parke, she said her doctor claims drinking helped her reach her 100th birthday. "I put my health down to whisky and cigarettes," she said. "I only drink when I'm out but my doctor said I wouldn't be alive without them."
A comrade in India, indeed a monk who at 120-years-old, claims to be the oldest man in the world , says the secret to his long life is celibacy. Swami Sivananda, from the holy city of Varanasi, also abstains from spices and practices yoga daily, (the Hindustan Times reports).
IF YOU HAVE THE ENERGY:
A new study in Britain has revealed the sports which could help stave off death the longest. Researchers have discovered some sports - like squash - are more beneficial than others.
The study found jogging has nowhere near the same benefits as some racket sports while swimming, aerobics and cycling were the best for prolonging life, the research study summarised. Those sports also have a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular diseases such as strokes.
AIM FOR FAME:
The British Medical Journal suggests Olympians, Nobel Prize and Oscar winners are all more likely to live longer than the rest of the population. Those who earn a medal in the Olympics were found to live nearly three years longer than the public, while Oscar-winning actors and directors lived about 4.5 years longer, and Nobel Prize recipients lived between one and two years longer than the nominees they beat.
PERSONAL ADVICE FROM 59-YEAR-OLD FEMALE:
Enjoy the day and work it out tomorrow and very important, enjoy your Christmas day.