Tips for Living to 100

Written by L. James Harvey on . Posted in Family

100 Year BirthdayI recently came across an article that listed tips for living to 100. I decided to edit the tips and add some of my own. So here is the list with some comments:

1. Don't Retire – The word retirement does not occur in the Bible and retirement is not a Christian concept. Staying actively involved in life and faith is perhaps the most important thing we can do to live a long happy life. It is critical to good health.

2. Floss Daily – Some recent research studies show a positive linkage between good health and flossing. A clean healthy mouth, the main entrance to the body, seems to promote good health. It makes good sense.

3. Keep Moving – Staying physically active promotes health. God created us to be dynamic and to be on the go. Couch potatoes vegetate and die. It is activity both physical and mental that promotes the flow of blood in the circulatory system and good health.

4. Eat a Fiber Rich Cereal for Breakfast – Whole grains seem to stabilize blood sugar and help seniors avoid diabetes.

5. Get at Least 6 Hours of Sleep – Sleep is important for the body to regulate and heal cells, according to the experts. They estimate that this takes about 6 hours a night for the average person, so sleep becomes a critical requirement to good health.

6. Consume Whole Foods, Not Supplements – It is better to get the essential nutrients we need like selenium, beta-carotene, and vitamins C and E from our food rather than from pills. Eating a rich diet in colorful fruits and vegetables and dark wholesome breads and cereals seems to be the best way to get the essentials you need to live to 100.

7. Be Less Neurotic and Maintain Perspective – Anxiety and stress are harmful to humans and should be avoided. As we age we should attain a perspective on life that allows us to realize what's important and what's not. We should avoid majoring in minors and making mountains out of mole hills. We need to constantly pray the "Serenity Prayer" saying, "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can change, and the wisdom to know the difference." A Christian should have a tremendous advantage in this area because, if we believe all things are in God's hands, and believe, as the Bible says, that "all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purposes" (Romans 8:28). There is no good reason to be anxious about anything.

8. Be a Creature of Habit – People who live to be 100 seem to be those who live by regular patterns and habits. As we get older it is more difficult for our bodies to adjust to changes. It takes us longer to snap back from a long night out or an exhausting experience. Our bodies like regular living habits.

9. Serve Others and Stay Connected – Serving others and having regular social contact with friends and loved ones is important to avoiding loneliness and depression. Serving others gives added meaning to life. Widows and widowers particularly need to make efforts to stay socially active. Volunteering to help others brings blessings we need.

10. Live Like a Child of the King – If we are true Christians, then, in fact, we are children of the King and we ought to live like He wants us to live. This means living a righteous life as defined in Scripture. And when we do, God will bless us and longevity becomes a byproduct.

So there you have it: ten tips for living to 100. If you follow these guidelines you will be fulfilling Scripture in Psalm 92:12-14 where we read, "The righteous will flourish.....they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon.....they will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green." Stay fresh and green and your chances of reaching 100 increase markedly.

 

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You realize caution is the only thing you really want to exercise.

 

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L. James Harvey
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L. James Harvey was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from Hope College with honors and has a Ph.D. degree in Counseling from Michigan State University. He has been a high school coach and teacher, a college director, dean, vice president, and president.

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