Joie de vivre.

I am trying to reinstate the values that make my life full of vitality in more than just one area. Even in my sleep. Here is a list I found helpful by Health writer and Author Catherine Guthrie.

Please comment below with your thoughts and or helpful advice.

1. Get outside. The high-vitality elders that Dan Buettner (who has spent the past decade exploring human longevity with the support of the National Institute on Aging and Allianz Life) studies in Okinawa, Costa Rica enjoy an active life surrounded by nature. 

2. Cultivate community. A lack of close relationships as been shown to weaken our immune systems and sap our vitality. Maintaining strong social ties with others improves many aspects of both health and happiness. So does volunteering. 

3. Be a lifelong learner. More education leads to longer, healthier lives. A 2003 study published in the journal Neurology found an inverse relationship between how many years of formal education Alzheimer’s patients have and how quickly they succumb to the disease.

4. Calm down. Chronic stress releases hormones that can damage cells, tissues and organ systems, all of which can shorten your life expectancy.

5. Honor your promises. Each time you break a promise, whether it’s to a loved one or to yourself, you lose a sense of connection with your own values. Keep your promises and you gain integrity and self-respect, two main ingredients for vitality.

6. Plug your your energy leaks. Notice where you are losing energy. Reevaluate lifeless jobs, negative relationships, poor eating habits, sedentary patterns and other parts of your life that drain your energy.

7. Don’t skimp on sleep. Chronic sleep deprivation increases your odds of suffering from both heart disease and diabetes. And it reduces your immunity and your ability to cope productively with everyday challenges.

By Catherine Guthrie, Experience Life