🍎 Today’s Health Tip ~ 5 Healthy Habits that Promote Longevity

5 Healthy Longevity Promoting Habits

These five areas were chosen because prior studies have shown them to have a large impact on risk of premature death. Here is how these healthy habits were defined and measured:

1.   Healthy diet, which was calculated and rated based on the reported intake of healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, healthy fats, and omega-3 fatty acids, and unhealthy foods like red and processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages, trans fat, and sodium.

2.  Healthy physical activity level, . . . t least 30 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous activity.

3.   Healthy body weight, defined as a normal body mass index (BMI), which is between 18.5 and 24.9.

4.   Smoking, there is no healthy amount of smoking. “Healthy” here meant never having smoked.

5.   Moderate alcohol intake,  Generally, one drink contains about 14 grams of pure alcohol. That’s 12 ounces of regular beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits.

Healthy habits make a big difference. … People who met criteria for all five habits enjoyed significantly, impressively longer lives than those who had none: 14 years for women and 12 years for men (if they had these habits at age 50). People who had none of these habits were far more likely to die prematurely from cancer or cardiovascular disease.

Source: Harvard Health

COVID-19 Is a Bummer – It Can’t Stop Good Things From Happening

COVID-19 Is a Bummer – It Can’t Stop Good Things From Happening

Here are a few of the good things I witnessed or experienced today:

  • What an amazing day. Got to stop and chat with friends separately on my walk (always maintaining social distancing).
  • A friend’s mom was sent to the hospital (she’s 97, not my friend, her mom, LOL). Her mom was later released and returned to her nursing home. GRATEFUL.
  • A friend text me and told me her test for COVID-19 came back negative. YIPPEE!!
  • My lizard friends were having a lizard fiesta on my patio today. Beautiful creatures, grateful them.
  • Grateful for all. Grateful for you. Life is Good.

Grateful for all the above.

If you’d like to share the good things you’ve witnessed on my blog, Email me (ray.brese@gmail.com) a short list (1 to 5 things.  I’ll post and attribute them to you in the way you choose to be acknowledged (e.g., anonymous, name, Word Press blog (etc.).

✒️ Writers’ Wisdom ~ Creating a Character

“When you’re building a character, or at least when I’m building a character, you start saying, ‘How am I going to make people like him?'” ~ John Sanford

🤗 Feel Good Hack ~ It’s All Going to Get Better

“No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible.”

~ George Chakiris

🌞 Today’s Inspiration ~ Try Again and Again

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”

~ Mary Anne Radmacher

Today’s Poem ~ Life


Charolette Bronte

LIFE, believe, is not a dream
So dark as sages say;
Oft a little morning rain
Foretells a pleasant day.
Sometimes there are clouds of gloom,
But these are transient all;
If the shower will make the roses bloom,
O why lament its fall?
Rapidly, merrily,
Life’s sunny hours flit by,
Gratefully, cheerily
Enjoy them as they fly!
What though Death at times steps in,
And calls our Best away?
What though sorrow seems to win,
O’er hope, a heavy sway?
Yet Hope again elastic springs,
Unconquered, though she fell;
Still buoyant are her golden wings,
Still strong to bear us well.
Manfully, fearlessly,
The day of trial bear,
For gloriously, victoriously,
Can courage quell despair!

Today’s Smile 😃

Ben: “My wife’s upset with me?”

Joe: “What did you do?”

Ben: I asked her what she wanted for her birthday. She said, “Nothing would make me happier than a pair of diamond earrings.”

Joe: “That was nice of you.”

Ben: “I gave her what she wanted, I got her nothing.”

👊 Today’s Power Thought ~ Focus on the Positive

The more I focus on the positive today, the better I’ll feel and the further I’ll go.

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