Ever since inception humans have been obsessed with immortality.
We have always been fixated on how to live longer.
These days, it’s all about eating healthy and doing exercise.
Thousands of books and other media are created about how to live a longer life – that it has actually become an industry.
And they are not entirely off the point. The key to a longer life includes keeping your body healthy.
25% of your ability to live longer is based on genetics.
75% of longevity is based on lifestyle.
Lifestyle involves keeping your body healthy, that’s true. However…
There are two types of longevity
(1) One is increasing the years in our life
(2) Second is increasing the life in our years.
The first involves what you’re all already familiar of – keeping your body healthy. It’s about eating right and exercising regularly. It’s about conditioning your body to the best that it can be.
But what good is a healthy body if everything else isn’t?
Today, we’re going to talk about the latter.
How to increase the life in our years
Let’s take the people of Sardinia for example.
It’s one of the only 5 places in the world considered as a “blue zone,” which means it’s a place where people are known to live for more than 90 years old. Some even surpass 100 years.
But what exactly do Sardinian people get right?
For one, they truly live off the land. They grow and cook what they eat themselves, even only eating what grows during the season. They have a completely organic diet. Couple that with great weather and living in such beautiful surroundings, there’s no doubt why people have such high-quality living.
But that’s not what makes Sardinia different.
The number one reason for longevity in Sardinia is social interaction and the value of community.
The Power of Community
It’s easy to overlook how the power of those around us can affect our health both ways.
But studies now show that community well-being significantly impacts your longevity.
According to Yale University lead researcher, Dr. Anita Arora,
“We see this substantial variation in life expectancy in the U.S., and it’s not just determined by socio-demographic factors. But it’s also how people feel, how happy they are, whether they have basic access to things like safe housing.”
If you lived in a community that doesn’t promote healthy living or a place where you have no access to physical exercise, your life expectancy is much shorter to the communities who do.
But it’s not just about having access to better living. It’s also about a sense of belongingness and purpose. It’s about having healthy social interaction with your community.
Let’s take Sardina, for example – a country that stays rooted in its tradition and culture that is somewhat isolated from the rest of the world. They’re farmers or shepherds who live on a Meditteranean diet of vegetables, beans, grains, and very little meat. But that is not the only reason why these people live longer than 90 years old.
How is it that the proportion of centenarians in the population is twice the rate considered normal for the rest of the world?
One could argue that it is because Sardinians live in a community that is collective in its desire for health, simplicity, and social interaction.
Their people all have an active role in the community. A role that provides them with meaning and purpose.
The power of community is to help create health in a far greater way than any physician, clinic or hospital.
It’s this power of community that leads to better communication, leading to better understanding of its people.
It leads to a deeper sense of intimacy that ultimately promotes mutual value.
And all of these things cannot be found in hospitals or gyms. No self-help book or health course can bring you what a good community can.
The power of community is something that can give anyone a feeling of connection and responsibility for living life together that nothing else can.
It’s about people who are bonded to each other with a higher purpose and deeper meaning.