Want to Live to 100? Introduce Yourself

Social butterflies hold the secret of how to live longer—you can, too, with these longevity tips.

Medically reviewed in January 2022

If you want to live to be 100, be the person at the party who walks up to total strangers and says hello. 

Yep, research shows that having an outgoing personality may be one of the hallmark traits of people who live to a ripe old age. 

What runs in the family 
Researchers recently examined the personalities of grown offspring of centenarians, with the assumption that the offspring have a good shot of living to 100, too. And what did the researchers find? Personality may play a role in longevity. The offspring were not only more outgoing but also had a knack for forming close friendships and for dealing with stress effectively. Makes sense when you consider other research has shown that these particular personality traits are associated with greater happiness, vitality and longevity in older populations. 

Are genes everything? 
Don't come from a long line of centenarians? Don't worry. You can still learn how to live longer. What you don't inherit, you can adopt (with the exception of genes)—meaning you can embrace healthy lifestyle choices and develop healthy personality traits. Here are some longevity tips to help get you started: 

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