10 ways to live longer

I read with interest the Forbes’ list of 10 ways to live longer. Some items are easier to do than others, but based on the list, I think I can expect to live a pretty long life. According to the what age will you die quiz, I will be 88 when I shuffle off this mortal coil, so I’m pretty happy with that.

I also agree 100% with their observation about the quality of life.

“To many people, quality of life is equally as important as life span. It is a good thing, then, that many of the things that can improve your longevity can also improve your quality of life.”

I’d rather live a pleasant life and die at 75 rather than a miserable life and live til I’m 100.

But enough about me. I shall keep you in suspense no longer, and present to you, the list.

1. Don’t oversleep
2. Be optimistic
3. Have more sex
4. Get a pet
5. Get a VAP
6. Be rich
7. Stop smoking
8. Chill out
9. Eat your antioxidants
10. Marry well

There’s a slideshow that discusses each item in more detail.


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  1. It says I’ll die at 97. That’s fine with me.

    Comment by Mel on May 5, 2005 @ 6:18 am
  2. I’m dead at 70. Hopefully that’s a good 41 years ahead of me.

    Comment by Cameron on May 5, 2005 @ 2:26 pm
  3. 97 for me, too.

    Comment by Renee on May 7, 2005 @ 10:29 am
  4. Dan — where did you get the phrase, “shuffle off this mortal coil”? …

    Comment by DavidH on May 7, 2005 @ 12:40 pm
  5. From Shakespeare’s Hamlet (it’s in the to be or not to be speech).

    Comment by dan on May 7, 2005 @ 3:18 pm
  6. Cool — have you read that recently, or how’d you have the phrase at your fingertips? You often surprise me with how well and widely read you are. Perhaps I should stop being surprised by it and just realize that you’re well and widely read.

    Comment by DavidH on May 7, 2005 @ 9:54 pm
  7. That test says I’ll die at 70. Oh fun.

    Comment by Tom Schneider on May 8, 2005 @ 1:02 am
  8. Ahhhh, it said I should have died 10 years ago. Stupid quiz…

    Just kidding, I’ll live ’til 88. Woo-hoo!

    Comment by jason on May 8, 2005 @ 4:14 pm
  9. DavidH: Haven’t read it recently – I just like the phrase.

    Comment by dan on May 9, 2005 @ 8:03 am
  10. hmmm…I remember that quote from the Monty Python skit about the dead parrot. I guess that shows how cultured I am.

    Comment by mckay on May 9, 2005 @ 12:43 pm

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