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It’s no secret - everyone would love to have the map that brings us to the fountain of youth for us to live an extremely long life. Unfortunately, fairytales are just that. But what if you could live a longer life? Does that sound like something you would want to do? Well, you’ve come to the right place because it’s true. The only solution to living a longer life starts with yourself.

The average Americans are living longer now than someone who was born over 20 years ago. So what is it that people are doing now than what people were doing over two decades ago (or even more)?

Drink 1 to 2 cups of coffee a day.

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According to research performed by senior study author Dr. Murray Mittleman, director of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, shows that drinking coffee can reduce your chances of heart attacks or heart failure. In five different studies in Sweden and Finland of over 140,200 people and 6,522 heart failures, those who drank about two 8-ounce commercial sized cups of coffee per day decreased their chances of heart failure by 11 percent. However, by overdoing it with 4 to 5 cups, the chances were the complete opposite.

Find reasons to laugh, and laugh a lot.

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It’s true when they say laughter is the best medicine. While there is no actual study to prove that the act of laughing causes one to live longer or to have the power of healing, it’s the personality trait that coincides with agin. In a study of 243 centurions (those over the age of 97), their personality traits consisted of positivity, laughter and being extremely outgoing.

Try being vegetarian.

Did you know that men who cut meat out of their diet live, on average, 9.5 years longer than those men who eat meat? Same goes for the women; women who don’t eat meat live on average of 6.1 years longer than those who do.

Load up on garlic.

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Garlic has been shown to be a superhero. It’s powers help you to boost your immune system, lower blood pressure, improve circulation and help to regulate blood-sugar levels. So while your breath may be a bit offensive, it also helps to prevent vampires from coming near you.

Not only will garlic help you to healthily live a longer life, it also has other benefits to make you live a happier life. Eating garlic can help increase your hair growth due to it’s high levels of allicin, a sulfur compound like what you find in onions. And did I fail to mention that it helps with other beauty situations including acne, cold sores and weight loss? Ya, it’s kind of a miracle vegetable.

When was the last time you went to church?

If you start attending weekly religious services, you could easily add 1.8 to 3.1 years to your life expectancy, according to a review of research published in 2006 in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. With it’s stress relieving benefits, reducing your stress levels will allow you to have balance in your life. Also, it will allow you to find purpose and meaning in your life through religious factors, which can also assist with increasing the longevity of your life.

Google, always needing to be leaps and bounds ahead of our time.

Recently, Google announced that they are planning to launch a new venture, known as Calico, to tackle some of the world’s health care issues and finding means to living a longer life. Arthur Levinson, the former chief of biotech pioneer Genentech and an investor in Calico, will serve as its CEO. While Calico was released back in 2012, the actual process of getting a project such as this up and running can take upwards of 20 years.

Inside Google’s Headquarters

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Their company is already leading the way to have their employees think far and beyond outside of the box. With technologies such as Google Glass, ventures for them are becoming incredibly more advanced than we imagined by this point. Now, with Calico in the works, Google has decided they want in on some of the world’s complex questions that they can provide answers and solutions to.

In an interview with TIME Magazine, Larry Page, the CEO of Google, shared his thoughts of some aspects of life longevity:

“Are people really focused on the right things? One of the things I thought was amazing is that if you solve cancer, you’d add about three years to people’s average life expectancy,” Page said. “We think of solving cancer as this huge thing that’ll totally change the world. But when you really take a step back and look at it, yeah, there are many, many tragic cases of cancer, and it’s very, very sad, but in the aggregate, it’s not as big an advance as you might think.”

You may want to cut out watching a lot of television.

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Here’s one that may shock you: after age 25, every hour of television you watch cuts out 22 minutes of your life! In a study from 2012 from the University of Queensland in Australia, it shows that those who are spending more time in front of the television aren’t getting the physical activity, social connections and dieting that they may need. It’s something to think about when you’ve decided to make an entire day of a Modern Family marathon.

Be closer to your mother.

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A study performed at Harvard University showed that about 91% of people who weren’t close with their mother developed a serious disease by middle age. This study has been running for over 75 years for both men and women.

There are so many incredible studies out there that will tell you how to live life or what you can do to live a longer life. The most important thing to remember is that it’s not magic or some special potion. It’s the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual fulfillment in your life that is important to living the fullest, and longest, life possible.

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