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What is the key to longevity?

There's recent data on how to take a licking' and keep on ticking'. Like the old Timex watch commercials, the key to longevity is resilience—the ability to bounce back in the face of adversity, such as the death of a loved one or the loss of a job. For about 20% of us (some research shows the numbers are higher) it comes naturally: You're glad to get back into of the swing of life pretty quickly and feel stronger for having weathered the storm. For others, bouncing back is a long, slow slog through the blues until you come out the other side.

Fortunately, everyone can learn how to gain the health benefits of resilience: less stress, lower risk of heart disease, and less depression and anxiety. Here are three ways you can strengthen your ability to bounce back:

  1. Cultivate an optimistic outlook. This is an important part of being resilient. Daily meditation can help you to look on the bright side and say bye to the stress that causes grumpiness.
  2. Keep your body strong and limber. How? Eat a diet powered by lean protein and lots of veggies, fruits and 100% whole grains. When you feel physically strong, your self-esteem increases. That's another vital part of resilience.
  3. Nurture your social connections. They provide security and love, and help keep emotions on an even keel. As blood pressure decreases, ability to cope goes up.

So, reach out and touch someone—physically and emotionally. Remember, two hugs are better than one!

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