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Here’s how to be happy in 2018: These 9 habits will help you live a long, healthy life

From having ‘ikigai’ or a reason to live to eating mindfully and until you are 80% full – researchers have identified 9 key factors to longevity.

fitness Updated: Dec 26, 2017 14:02 IST
Asian News International, Melbourne
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Taking out time every day to do the things you enjoy, will reduce stress and help you live a longer and healthier life. (

Health experts have analysed “blue zones” around the world and come up with two main factors that increase our longevity – having a healthy lifestyle and a reason to live.

According to, led by American researcher Dan Buettner, these “blue zones” were analysed by a team of specialists, including doctors, anthropologists, demographers, nutritionists and epidemiologists, to see why their residents seemed to live longer .

The researchers identified nine key factors to longevity:

* Intense and regular physical activity while undertaking daily duties. These people do not live a sedentary lifestyle.

* Reduction of stress, which can involve taking time out for regular habits such as taking a nap (in Mediterranean societies), praying or conducting a tea ceremony (as in Japan).

Intense and regular physical activity and low stress levels are key factors to a long life. ( Getty Images/iStockphoto )

* “Hara hachi bu” – a Confucian teaching that suggests we only eat until we are 80% full.

* Having an “ikigai” – a Japanese word used to define the “reasons for being” and why we get out of bed every morning.

* Prioritising a diet that is rich in plant-based products. Meat, fish and dairy products are consumed in lower amounts.

* Moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages.

* Being part of social groups that promote healthy habits.

* Interacting with religious communities.

* Building and maintaining solid relationships with family.

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First Published: Dec 26, 2017 14:02 IST