How to live a long life


If you follow my blog, you may have noticed that no new posts were published last week. The reason for this is because my Grandfather recently passed away. I wanted to write this post as a tribute to this great man who has taught me so much. My grandfather was and will always be a huge inspiration to me. He lived a very full and colourful life which I believe contributed to him keeping his mind, body and spirit balanced. This also helped him to live a fairly healthy life up to such a good age. These are the lessons that he taught me on how to live a long life.

How to live to the ripe old age of 93

  • Keep active – As self-explanatory as it is, the many benefits of exercise become even more important when you get older. It reduces the impact of illness and chronic disease, enhances mobility, flexibility, and balance, improves your sleep and boosts your mood. So keep your body moving by engaging in physical activities.
  • Exercise your brain – Once you reach retirement, you need to find activities that will keep you mentally sharp. Reading and playing challenging games such as Sudoku and cryptic crosswords will help exercise your brain. Keeping your brain alert will also help with your memory.
  • The importance of hobbies and interests – Keeping busy with hobbies and interests prevents boredom and provides a more fulfilling life.
  • Socialising – Once you retire, it’s important to find a replacement for interaction with people. Interacting with people combats loneliness. Get involved in the community or find a local social club that you can join.
  • Nurture your soul – Whether this may be through prayer and attending Church or meditation, find a way to nurture your soul to keep your spirit balanced.
  • Live life to the fullest – We are continuously reminded of how short life is. So do the things that you want to do, find a work/life balance and pursue your dreams to make them a reality.

I am incredibly grateful for knowing someone like my Grandfather who will be missed very much. Hopefully today’s post will give you a little more insight on growing older and living well.

“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.”

Michael Pritchard

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  1. 28th November 2016 / 8:32 AM

    Lovely tribute to your grandfather. I lost my grandma thus last week too and it came as a bug surprise to us. I’d like to be able to write about her too, it’s hard at the moment because I just feel so very sad.
    I know in time it will get easier.

    • whatudidntknow
      28th November 2016 / 9:40 AM

      Hi Joanna, so sorry to hear about your Grandmother. I think for me remembering the good things is my coping mechanism. I didn’t feel right about returning to blogging this week without a mention about my Grandfather…

  2. 28th November 2016 / 9:18 AM

    So sorry about your grandfather, was he in South Africa? I am glad that you can remember the good things and celebrate his life, 93 is a good innings!! I agree with all of the above for a long and healthy life although I must say that a little tipple every day does not do the heart, mind and soul any harm! 😉

    • whatudidntknow
      28th November 2016 / 9:37 AM

      Hi Maria, thank you. Yes he was in SA and he definitely lived a long life. He didn’t drink but a little tipple would probably apply to me in my old age 😉

  3. 28th November 2016 / 10:52 AM

    Se manifique!!! love the insight and advice shared. great monday motivation

    • whatudidntknow
      28th November 2016 / 11:03 AM

      Thank you! 🙂

  4. Lee-Ann
    28th November 2016 / 11:36 AM

    Beautiful Nats.

    • whatudidntknow
      28th November 2016 / 12:25 PM

      Thanks my friend

  5. 29th November 2016 / 4:54 PM

    So sorry to hear about your grandfather 🙁
    Your article is great, with lots of good tips that everyone should follow.

    • whatudidntknow
      29th November 2016 / 5:12 PM

      Thanks Estelle

  6. 1st December 2016 / 9:21 AM

    This is a lovely tribute to your Grandfather – so sorry to hear that he passed away! These are great tips on how to lead a happy and long life!

    • whatudidntknow
      1st December 2016 / 11:52 AM

      Thanks Miriam! It’s been a tough few weeks but remembering my Grandfather’s life and all that he’s achieved makes it a little bit easier…

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