When we’re young, we all believe we’re going to live forever. But as we age, most of us realize that’s not the case. What’s more, it becomes clear that the choices we make can have an impact on how long we live.
Here are 6 of the most important reasons why you’ll probably live longer than your Friends:
You never smoked
One of the main reasons you’ll be outliving most of your best friends is simple: You don’t smoke. According to the CDC, people who never got into the habit of smoking live about 10 years longer than their tobacco-loving counterparts.
Your dad was a little older
If your dad was the oldest on the block, you should call him up and thank him for waiting so long to bring you into the world. Having an older father is a good indicator that you’ll outlive your peers, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
You eat fish
A seafood-rich diet supplies you with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which might help lengthen your life. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine looked at more than 2,600 adults and those who had the highest omega-3 blood levels reduced their overall risk of death by 27 percent, and even had a 35 percent lesser chance of dying from heart-related issues.
You get the right amount of sleep
According to research from the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine and the American Cancer Society, it seems the sweet spot for sleep and living a longer life as a result is to get about seven hours of shut eye every night.
Your grandparents lived until they were very old
How long did your grandparents live? Chances are that if they lived well into their golden years, you have a very good chance of living long too. According to a 2010 study published in the journal Science and updated later in PloS One, healthy aging can be based on two important factors: Genetics and environment.
You are a social butterfly
Researchers at the University of Cambridge discovered that your social life is a great indicator of how long you’ll live. The 2010 meta-analysis published in PloS One indicates that social isolation is a detriment to our health. In fact, people who have a healthy social life are 50 percent more likely to outlive the local hermit.