For many people, the idea of good health goes hand in hand with the promise of a long and happy life. It makes sense that we’d want to take care of our body so that we can continue to enjoy it for many years to come. And there are plenty of experts out there who have created products or books that claim to give you the keys to living 100 years or more – but the truth is, science has not yet discovered a magic pill or a foolproof diet plan that will guarantee a longer life. In this uplifting new video from IPEtv, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, shares the insights he’s gained from decades of talking with the elders of our community about what makes a life not just longer, but richer, happier, and more fulfilling. Tune in to hear the real secrets of longevity from those who have actually been there. What you learn may surprise you!
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Here is a transcript of this week’s video:
Greetings, friends. I’m Marc David, founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. Let’s talk about a secret of longevity. Interesting, huh?
Now, the study of longevity is a pretty fascinating one, and arguably one of the most mystifying health topics that you’ll ever come across. Now, have you noticed if you’ve paid attention that there’s lots of great readings you could do about longevity of how to live to be 100 or more.
But what I started to see was all those books written about how to be 100 or more, they’re always written by somebody in their 30s, 40s, or maybe 50s. It kind of boggles my mind. You could read how certain nutrients or a supplement will grant you longer life. But at the end of the day, no one has found the one undeniable way to live younger longer. It’s as simple and straightforward as that.
So here’s what I want to suggest to you.
If you truly want to start discovering the secrets to longevity, talk to the ones who have something honest to say about it.
And that’s really old, healthy people. That’s where you want to go. Who is going to know better than them? Doesn’t that make sense?
So I’ve been collecting little sound bites over the years from very old people when it comes to longevity because these are the guys. My grandfather, Grandpa Jack, he lived to be 99. 99, he didn’t make it 100. But he was really close. And he wasn’t taking a lot of supplements. He didn’t exercise. He didn’t go to the gym. The guy lived to be 99. And it just kind of blew my mind. So he inspired me in this way.
So, anyway, I’ve been collecting and reading all of this information, especially talking to old people. What are the secrets to long life? So I want to share with you some of the answers that I’ve collected live, that I’ve collected just in research.
Here’s what old people say when asked, “Secrets to long life?” Have a purpose in life. Be a lifelong learner. Get outside as often as you can. Believe in God. Sunbathe. Stay away from men. Don’t be vain. Add whiskey to your morning coffee. How is that one? Who would have guessed that? Be kind to people. Don’t ever give up on love. Now, this is what 90 and 100-year-old people are saying. Don’t retire. I stayed away from prescription drugs. I don’t think they help. Find a role model and aim to achieve even more than they could ever do. Take naps every day. Mind your own business and don’t eat junk food.
There it is.
There’s the collective wisdom – not, “Eat this. Don’t eat that. Okay, maybe some junk food there.”
But you know something? Sometimes we have to just kind of spread it out a little bit more and consider what else is possible other than the exact science and what supplements you should be taking and how someday we’re going to get into the DNA and we figured out the genome.
We’ve figured out a lot of that stuff by now. And we’re still dying. So, yes, longevity is still a mystery. But quality of life is not. So how can you make your life really count so you’re living a full life in the time that you’re here? Because if the old ones are right, longevity begins in here, in the mind. And longevity begins in here, in the heart.
And that, my friends, is the magic of the world.