5 Things to Help You Live Longer

Key Takeaways

  • There are some scientific indications that humans may be able to live beyond age 120.
  • If you look at U.S. presidents, you’ll notice that many of them live long lives.
  • There are five commonalities shared by presidents, which may be keys to longevity.

You may have heard Okinawa, Japan referred to as the Island of the Immortals. It is home to the highest concentration of centenarians in the world. Not only do their older citizens live longer, many of them are active and healthy well into their 90s and beyond—both quantity of years AND quality of life.

Why is it that some people are able to live long, healthy lives? It’s a question that science has examined from many angles and a topic of the podcast Living Beyond 120, by Dr. Jeffrey Gladden and Mark Young. In a recent episode, they pointed out that if you consider our country’s presidents in recent decades, they’ve tended to live into their 90s. While that might be somewhat commonplace in Okinawa, it’s unusual for our U.S. population.

Why might this be? They identified five things that these presidents have in common, which may be the differentiating factors when it comes to their long lives.

Number one: they get better medical care. Going for routine physicals, seeing specialists when you have a health issue, getting the recommended medical tests and examinations…it all makes a difference.

Number two: they have a daily exercise routine. This isn’t surprising, but having a regular exercise routine is fundamental to good health.

Number three: they have executive chefs. This is something most people don’t have, but the reason it’s a factor is that it’s really about access to good quality foods. A healthy diet, regardless of who prepares the food, is what’s important.

Number four: they have big personalities. They’re optimistic, they’re self-confident, and they possess massive purposes in their lives. It’s important to have a purpose that’s bigger than yourself—your reason for getting out of bed every morning and the thing you look forward to tackling each day.

Number five: they remained active after their presidencies. That sense of purpose didn’t end when they left the Oval Office. They kept busy and pursued what mattered to them. Food for thought for those in retirement!

If you’re looking at ways to improve your own day-to-day life, consider these five factors, and they may just lead you to live a longer, healthier life. And as we start the new year, it’s the perfect time to add a few of them into your life, if you’re not already doing them. Who knows? When you’re 95, you may just find yourself swinging a hammer, like former President Jimmy Carter! Until next time, enjoy.


Gary Klaben is in our Glenview, IL office and serves our clients who are now located all over the country. He has over 30 years of experience and is the author of Changing the Conversation, Wealth of Everything and co-author of The Business BattlefieldWhether advising his clients, mentoring his team, or coaching entrepreneurs, he is always simplifying complexity and motivating others to take the next action that’s right for them.

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