Expert secrets to living a longer, healthier, happier life.

LEARN FROM THE PROS
A few years back, I did research on centenarians, after deciding that I wanted to live to be over 100 years old (this decision was followed by the decision to live the life I want to live a few years prior to that—so I figured I’d better check out what others are doing). This is what I found: Think more good thoughts, drink enough water regularly, breathe deeply daily, walk regularly, and have friendships.

—Wendy Kay, certified life coach and motivator

BE IN GOOD SPIRITS

The most essential live-to-100 tip, to me, is recognize that you create your perceptions from the inside out. A person’s mood in the moment creates his or her experience; a person’s experience does not create his or her mood. Those who understand this live a smooth and stress-free life. They do not play victim to external circumstances.
—Garret Kramer, founder and managing partner of Inner Sports, LLC

PREPARE FRESH HOMEMADE MEALS

Cooking your own food means having control over the ingredients, so you can make sure there are no chemicals or preservatives and no extra amounts of sugar or salt. Plus, using fresh vegetables and fruits from your own garden is a huge bonus. The more recently the produce was picked, the more nutrients it has, which means more antioxidants and vitamins to keep your body and brain young.
—Michelle L. Butler, holistic nutritionist and yoga instructor

LOVE YOUR JOB

Stop doing work you hate. There’s nothing that ages us faster than spending our energies and gifts doing things that don’t take full advantage of our talents, gifts, and unique experiences. (I call this being in your “superpower space.” And you don’t have to quit your job to do this. Look around—how could you change your job to do more of what you’re great at and less of what you don’t like? Times of great change are times of great creativity—so don’t be afraid to ask.
—Darcy Eikenberg, leadership and workplace coach, and author of Bring Your Superpowers to Work: Your Guide to More Clarity, Confidence & Control