8 Unexpected Tips for Living Longer ...

I think everyone is interested in tips for living longer, but this list is a little different. I'm sure you read tips like these every day, and hear about eating right and never smoking or, conversely, eating lots of bacon and chewing tobacco (I have 80 year old relatives who still swear by these tricks). However, I was talking to my mother-in-law to-be recently. She's a former nurse, a massage therapist, and a #naturopath. In her office, she sees many, many older people of both genders and always asks them how they've come to live such long, full lives. Some of the answers are what you'd expect but, as you'll see, many of these tips for living longer are surprising and inspiring. They all come from real people between the ages of 70 and 80. Take a look – and get inspired!

1. Own a Pet

This is by far one of the most popular tips for living longer my mother-in-law has heard. Whether you rescue a shelter dog, get a cat, or have a bird, having a pet keeps you young. You have something that cares for you, depends on you, and gives you supreme loyalty. Plus, with dogs or cats (or even rabbits and ferrets, really), you can take your pet for a walk every day. That keeps you active, promotes exercise, and gives you the chance to get to know other people in your neighborhood.

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