What helps us live a long and healthy life? It’s not money and it’s not a pill. It seems rather simple, really – intuitive almost.
Here are two articles that share lessons from people in Japan:
Jiroemon Kimura, who lived in a village in southern Japan, died recently at the age of 116. Emina Bajra, who met Kimura shortly before his 115th birthday, shares his guidance for a long, healthy life in a June 18 article in the NorthHollywood-TolucaLake Patch in California.
The 10 tips include these:
- See the good in adversity.
- Moderate – eliminate strong preferences.
- Be grateful.
- Laugh often.
A study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that the healthiest people on earth are in Japan. On a business trip to Japan, Russ Gerber – writing about the future of healthcare in Psychology Today – sought to answer the question, “What is their secret?”
In speaking with some Japanese acquaintances about their health care practices and lifestyles, here are a few tips he garnered:
- They strive to be kind and forgiving, calm and patient.
- They view good health as normal.
- Some said that spiritual pursuits – including prayer and spiritual study – were a normal part of their otherwise busy lives, and shouldn’t be marginalized as a contributing factor.
Of course, implementing these health tips in our lives is up to us.