According to a new book I’ve read, the secret to longevity isn’t just about diet and exercise—It’s also about being connected with others and expressing kindness, as well. When you are thinking of healthy habits, what sorts of things come to mind? Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables? Trying to walk 10,000 steps per day? Or, is it to be training for a road race?
While these things matter a great deal towards keeping healthy, experts are now suggesting that we’re overlooking a key factor of wellness if we focus only on what we eat and how much we exercise. Now, it may be just as important—to focus on our social relationships and to especially treat others with kindness.
That’s the argument science writer Marta Zaraska made in her book, Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism, and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100. Zaraska was always concerned with optimizing her family’s wellness, but new research made her start to question her original approach. While reviewing studies, Zaraska noticed that new research pointed to our relationships as a vital factor in overall health. If we want to live longer, healthier lives, we should prioritize staying connected, kind, and involved in our community.
Did you know this?