Searching for Longevity? Focus on Strengthening Your Relationships

February 6, 2018 Transformation Tuesday

Have you given much thought to what it takes to live to 100 or beyond? ICYMI, Susan Pinker has! Watch this outtake from her TEDTalk to learn more about the surprising predictors of a long, healthy life:

According to Pinker, a Canadian psychologist and author of The Village Effect, the secret to living longer is directly related to two aspects your social life.

While conducting research for her book, Pinker studied the lives of Blue Zone villagers. She also examined academic research conducted by Julianne Holt-Lunstad that links how social relationships influences quality of life and impacts longevity. Pinker explored data from other studies to better understand and explain key concepts and predictors related to learning, happiness, resilience and longevity.

She found data trends that may surprise you regarding the leading indicators for longevity. [Spoiler Alert!] First, the number of your close personal relationships and second, something called social integration – or, how much you interact face-to-face with people as you move through your day.

So, if you are curious and want to learn more about super longevity we hope you will watch Susan Pinker’s TEDTalk, “The secret to living longer may be your social life” to learn about what it takes to live to 100 and beyond. We predict it may even entice you to think differently about how you are spending your days. Perhaps you will find Pinker’s message challenges you to find two or three new ways to intentionally connect, face-to-face, and deepen all your daily interactions – at home, in the workplace and within your community this week.

Inspiration is nice. If you need another “nudge” regarding the power of building face-to-face relationships here’s something we found in Entrepreneur: If You Want to Build Good Relationships, Stop Hiding Behind Your Email. It’s a Q&A with Pinker!

As always, thanks for reading. Did you know, we’ve published another book? Transformational Tips: Mastering the Moments is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. We’d love to hear your reactions. Please post and share your insights and reviews.