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10 Secrets to a Long Life, from Japan’s 105-Year-Old Expert

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We all want to live long, happy and healthy lives. Most of us can list off a few things that are associated with longevity: Eating well, exercising, taking care of your mind and body, etc. But, hearing what can really make a difference from someone who has ‘lived through it’ is like taking a glimpse behind a very important curtain!

Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara was one of Japan’s most prestigious doctors, authors, and an expert in what it takes to live a long and fulfilling life. While Dr. Hinohara passed away in July 2017, he was 105 years old at the time. When he was the ‘young’ age of 97, he gave an interview to the Japan Times, outlining several characteristics of what it took to live a long and full life.

Of course, none of us have every little secret to living longer. But, Dr. Hinohara was clearly an expert in that particular field, as well as both mental and physical health. His suggestions on longevity should not be taken for granted. Below, you will find several of his tips that you can put into practice in your own life immediately.

1. Eat for Life

You are probably not surprised that ‘eating well’ is high on this list, but you may not realize just how important it really is. Dr. Hinohara suggested that all people who live a long life take pride in their diet, and are not overweight. Enjoy your food, and don’t be afraid to treat yourself, but be conscious of what you are putting into your body.

2. Go the Long Way

We live in a world where it is far too easy to take shortcuts and look for quick fixes. Instead, take the scenic route in every possible way. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, make multiple trips to and from your office by foot, etc. Anything you can do to get your body moving throughout the day will benefit you.

3. Plan Ahead

One of Dr. Hinohara’s best tips was to stay busy. This is not to say you should not take time for yourself, but don’t relax to the point of complacency. Plan ahead, keep a schedule for yourself, and set goals so you can always stay busy and be active.

4. Keep Working

People are retiring at a younger age than ever before. According to Dr. Hinohara, retaining a strong work ethic is extremely important. Retirement is fine, but it should not be something that’s taken advantage of at a young age. If you are mentally and physically able to keep working, Dr Hinohara recommended to do it for as long as possible!

5. Give Back

Whether you work or not, and no matter how old you are, contributing to society is essential. If you are retired or don’t have to work, why not consider volunteering? No one is obligated to make constant contributions to the world, so doing it by choice consistently is what makes it such a powerful thing.

6. Share the Wisdom

Life is about continual learning, and some of the best things we learn come from other people. If you have already lived a long life, or if you have been through certain experiences that could help others, don’t be afraid to share that wonderful knowledge. Wisdom that gets passed down from person to person can stick with someone far easier than something that they read from a book. There are some life lessons that can only be taught by people who have experienced them already. Spread your knowledge to others as much as possible.

7. Trust More Than Medicine

Even though Dr. Hinohara spent years studying medicine, he strongly believed that we should focus on, and see the value in multiple disciplines. This includes liberal arts, visual arts, languages, and more. Science itself may not be the answer to every question in the world, and it is important to recognize that throughout our lives.

8. Let Go of Materialism

If you spend your life obsessing over material possessions or how much you can ‘get,’ there is a good chance that you will always feel unfulfilled. You can’t take anything with you, so why hold onto so much in life? Resist your urges to acquire more and more. Instead, find other uses for your wealth and possessions that might feel more rewarding in the long run.

9. Find Your Heroes

Everyone should have a role model or inspiration to look up to in life. Dr. Hinohara was that inspiration for many people, but he, too, had his own role models. By finding someone whom you trust and look up to, you can consistently use him or her as a guide. Whenever you are feeling stuck, uninspired, or in some kind of trouble, you can use that model’s words and advice to help you to get you out of your rut.

10. Have Fun

Dr. Hinohara believed in the childlike aspect of fun, especially when it came to things like healing and recovery. In the hospital he worked for, they played music and offered things like animal therapy and art classes. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of ‘being a grown up,’ that we often forget to include more areas of fun in our lives. But, a little bit of fun can go a long way for both your mental and physical state. Give into that childlike wonder every now and then; you may benefit from it more than you think!

Because of his age and experiences, Dr. Hinohara was certainly an expert in longevity and living a fulfilling life. While you can take his suggestions as opinions, they certainly shouldn’t be ignored. By following a few simple life lessons, and perhaps making some changes to your own life, you can find fulfillment in your everyday routine, and hopefully live a long and happy life.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

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Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

The term ‘bucket list’ has become quite popular in recent years. It has been used in pop culture references and as a casual topic of conversation when someone wants to do something. Chances are, you have heard someone say, “Oh, that’s on my bucket list!” But, a bucket list is more than just a fantasy, an out of reach dream or an excuse to say that you want to do many things, only to never follow through on them.

There are actually many benefits to creating a bucket list, if you just put in the time, the thought and the dedication into it. Making a bucket list is a perfect way to set your life goals and to stay focused on making them a reality. Still not 100% convinced? Let’s take a look at six reasons why you really should create a bucket list. Maybe, by the end of this article, you will be ready to put together one of your very own.

1. It Gives You a Purpose

While putting together a bucket list won’t tell you what the meaning of your life is, it can help to give you a purpose to your life. A bucket list should be more about the major goals that you have for yourself, rather than a bunch of fun little things that you might want to do. A bucket list gives you something to get out of life and allows you to stay focused while you are doing it.

Have you ever been bored, wondering what you’re going to do this weekend to fill up your free time? A bucket list can give you that answer, encouraging you to always work towards the things that you truly want to do and experience in life.

2. It Brings Your Goals to Life

As stated above, a bucket list should be about exciting goals that you have for yourself. But, it is also an opportunity to hone in on those goals. Many people have ambitions and even make goals or resolutions for themselves each year only to be forgotten a few days later. But, when you have a specific list of goals written down, it can help to make you more motivated and focused to achieve them.

Goals are incredibly important to have, and the fact that your bucket list can make those goals clearer and more tangible is really important.

3. You Will Create Lasting Memories

Memories are one of life’s greatest treasures. As you start to accomplish the things on your bucket list, you will also be making wonderful memories each time. Since you are doing the things you really want to do, those memories will bring you comfort, a sense of achievement and give you something positive to look back on and share with others.

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4. It Will Pull You Forward

Have you ever been in a “funk” in life, or maybe you have had bouts of feeling down or depressed that have kept you from doing the things you typically enjoy? No one wants to stay in that kind of mindset for long. Because a bucket list can help to give you a sense of purpose, it can also give you the motivation to pull yourself out of a funk. It can call you to do something new, something different, or something that even challenges you. Sometimes, that’s all a person needs to be pulled out of a tired or depressed state.

Additionally, doing something on your bucket list will help to distract you for a while. That can be a great solution for someone who has anxiety or tends to focus too much on the negative things in life. Sometimes, a distraction can be a welcomed reprieve.

5. You Will Experience Life-Long Learning

When you commit yourself to having new experiences, you are also committing yourself to learning something new. So many people think that learning stops when you finish school, but you can learn so much more simply by living and trying more new things throughout your life. People who embrace this type of lifestyle are called “lifelong learners”. The reality is this; you will never be able to learn everything there is to know. But, because all of us have such a short time on this planet to figure things out, the more experiences we participate in, the more that we will learn and grow. Not only can a bucket list help you to learn things about different cultures, skills, situations, people and personalities.

It can also help you to learn more about yourself. Closing your mind off to the idea of lifelong learning will cause you to become stagnant with your thoughts and your growth. As a human being, you should have a desire to continue to grow and achieve as much as you possibly can throughout your life. Working through your bucket list can help you to achieve that.

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6. You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do

If you sit down to make a bucket list, you might write down anywhere from 10-100 things that you really want to do. But, it doesn’t have to stop there. Chances are, as you start to work through some of the things on your list, you will come up with more ideas.

Experiencing new things, and even challenging things, is a great way to get inspired and motivated to continue on that trend. A bucket list can truly be never-ending as you come up with more exciting new ideas and goals for yourself.

Building Your Bucket List and Bettering Your Life

There are so many additional reasons why you should create a bucket list for yourself. Remember, a bucket list is a very personal thing, and the experiences you put on the list should be things that you truly want to do or accomplish. Don’t make them  so unrealistic that you will never plan on committing to. Instead, promise yourself that you will immerse yourself in those experiences.

A bucket list might be something you create to accomplish things before you pass on, but in creating one and diving into new experiences, there is a good chance you will feel more alive than ever!

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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