1. Decide what’s meaningful in your life and focus on it: It could be family, work or a social cause, but if it is something that you love, you will want to jump out of bed every morning and do it and throughout your day you will feel vital and enthused as you work on what is meaningful to you.
2. Have goals that you are constantly working towards: Challenges keep people youthful.
3. Don’t get highly stressed: Less day-to-day volatility equals more resilience in the long run.
4. Count your blessings: The more regrets, the shorter the life. The more you are grateful, the more you receive to be grateful for.
5. Embrace new ideas: Study. Read inspiring stories about people who have done extraordinary things.
6. Eat to live; don’t live to eat: Hedonistic gluttons stuff themselves to fill a void. In the West, there are too many people who are overfed but under-nourished. Don’t put junk in your body. Stimulants such as sugary drinks make you crash and burn. And drink the universal solvent: water.
7. Do a service to somebody: Feeling that you’re useful boosts the brainpower.
8. Move your body: walk (particularly uphill), swim, dance, do yoga, and make love, even if you are 100 years old.
9. Get into the sun briefly for a vitamin D boost for the bones: You need 15 minutes a day, from the morning and evening sun, never midday.
10 Practise yogic-style balanced breathing: breathe in for seven counts, hold for seven, exhale for seven, hold for seven, and then repeat.
11. Get adequate rest: this varies from person to person. Some people need longer breaks than others.
12. Have somebody to love, as well as loving yourself: because hugs will prolong life.
Dr. John Demartini is a human behaviour specialist, educator, author and the founder of the Demartini Institute.