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Live HAPPIER Longer Podcast
30 minutes | 9 months ago
Kids are Grown--NOW WHAT? With Alice Agnello
This week on the podcast I'm joined by lifestyle and success coach, Alice Agnello. Alice works with women who are facing the empty nest and trying to figure out what they want to do with the rest of our lives. Alice and I talk about how women tend to stuff down our feelings and what we truly want and put our kids, homes and husbands first. Alice talks about the fear factor and how that stops so many women from taking risks and trying new things. We discuss a growth mindset and how the beliefs that you've had for 40-50 years, can limit you if you don't question them. Understanding that your thoughts and unpacking limiting beliefs is a critical step to figuring out midlife and beyond. Alice encourages women to focus on their strengths and getting better at it because it's probably an area that they enjoy. It's not a race, but figuring out something that lights you up for planning the next chapter. Life is a journey is continuous growth and every obstacle that you have to overcome, is simply a lesson to be learned from. Resilience and grit is something that women can teach their children by creating a new path or figuring out a new purpose. You can connect with Alice on her website at: Alice Agnello Or find her podcast "Kids Are Grown, Now What?" on all the major podcast players. https://aliceagnello.com/kids-are-grown-now-what-podcast/
28 minutes | 9 months ago
The Thank You Project: Cultivating Happiness on Letter at at Time with Nancy Davis Kho
In this week's episode, Molly interviews Nancy Davis Kho. Nancy is a podcast host, speaker and author of the book "The Thank You Project". The conversation this week is all about Nancy's decision to write thank you notes for a year and how that turned into a book. Nancy is full of wit and wisdom, and the book shares how you too can benefit from setting up your own Thank You project. She set out to help people make the process easier for others with laying out how she chose the people to send the letters to, what she wrote and how she wrote the letters. She shares how the practice of writing these letters helped her become more optimistic and how to see more positive things in her life daily. Check out Nancy's podcast: Midlife Mixtape Find the book here: The Thank You Project
9 minutes | 10 months ago
In this short episode, Molly brings you up to speed on what has happened in the last few weeks and where the podcast will be going in the next few months.
40 minutes | a year ago
Thinking Courageously- A Conversation with Deb Cummins Stellato
This week's episode is an inspirational conversation with Deb Cummins Stellato, life coach and podcast host. Deb has been a longtime success coach, facilitator and speaker working with non-profit organizations to help leaders develop their leadership mindsets. In what she coins as a major "pivot" in her life, she studied to become a life coach during the past year. When she was envisioning how she might provide coaching services to people, she decided that "Thinking Courageously" was how she wanted to help successful women show up and make pivots in their own life. Courage, says Deb, is being able to see something that is bigger and better is on the other side of failing and being vulnerable. Her podcast shares stories of courage from women that have pivoted and are now redefining success in different ways. Deb focuses on "energy leadership" and shares how she helps women achieve a new and even higher level of success. Deb helps women play bigger and be bolder. Deb believes that women have the opportunity to find new levels of energy and wonders what if you could do something and not fail, or even if you do fail, you show up perfectly imperfect. You can hear more from Deb on the Think Courageously podcast on any of your favorite podcast players. Or connect with her here: Email email@example.com Website www.thethinkgoodcompany.com
16 minutes | a year ago
PB & J: Help for Handling a Negative Habit URGE
What? PB &J? Is this episode all about the beloved peanut butter and jelly sandwich? No, not really. This week's episode is all about handling the URGES that come when you've built a habit that doesn't serve you. When you have created a pattern of dealing with negative emotions, or consistently repeated an activity...like eating in front of the tv at night, your body responds to the cues around you with URGES or cravings that are the result of your habits. And now those urges feel like they have to be answered. Like an itch that NEEDS to be scratched, you've set yourself up to eat chips when you feel stressed, or when you sit down to watch your favorite Netflix series because the URGE is always there. To undo that urge we need to remember PB& J. P: Pause and Ponder B: Breathe on purpose J: Just for 10 minutes Listen in as I share my strategy for allowing an urge to be there and not resist it and not give into it. It's as easy as PB&J. Here are some resources on breathing: 6 Breathing Exercises That Can Help You Relax in 10 Minutes or Less Best Books on Breathing and Breathwork
31 minutes | a year ago
Reboot- Reversing Longevity, A Discussion of Blue Zones
In this week's episode we revisit one of our earliest and most popular episode's on Blue Zones. Here is what we said back when this was first published in 2018: Have you heard about "Blue Zones®?" Come with us as we discuss the research and information discovered by Dan Buettner in five geographic areas in the world where people live the longest and where the are high numbers of older people who age without typical diseases like heart disease, cancer or diabetes. First written in an article for National Geographic titled "The Secrets of Long Life", Buettner detailed five unique areas and found common traits among them, that he later dubbed the "Power 9®". These nine commonalities lead to longer, healthier happier lives. Please contact the podcast firstname.lastname@example.org to ask questions, suggest topics or if there is a guest you would like to have interviewed about living HAPPIER Longer.
30 minutes | a year ago
Epigenetics- Understanding Your Parents and Your Past with Johanna Lynn
Are we preprogrammed with more than our physical attributes from our parents? Are we programmed to behave in certain ways too? This week on the podcast, I'm speaking with Johanna Lynn, founder of the Family Imprint Institute. Johanna helps people understand how their background, their parents' backgrounds and even their grandparents may be influencing their behavior now. Johanna says, "The good news about epigenetics is that you can release how you hold the past within. One of the most amazing aspects of the brain is that it is changeable. Neuroplasticity gives us the proof we need to know that the brain can overcome early or inherited negative epigenetic changes. In this brief introduction, Johanna explains how we may be bringing things forward into our own lives from our past relationships that are unresolved. We talk about healing therapy and how epigenetics focuses on the facts of past relationships not the stories. We also discuss how the background noise and stress that you may be unknowingly carrying around with you may be impacting your biochemistry. Johanna provides clients with a geneogram, and then experiential exercises that help them find understanding and freedom from their past. She works with clients 1:1, in workshops, and with in-person events when possible. We discuss how past experiences of stress and anxiety may be even more prevalent right now during the pandemic. For more on Johanna Lynn go to: www.johannalynn.ca Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johannalynn.ca/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_family_imprint_institute/
29 minutes | a year ago
Wellness While Walking- A Discussion with Carolyn Cohen
This week on the podcast I'm talking about walking, with health coach Carolyn Cohen. We discuss the benefits of walking as a way of improving your health and increasing longevity in the best possible way. Carolyn is a health coach who believes that walking is the very best way to improve health for everyone. She hosts a weekly podcast called "Wellness While Walking" where she shares wellness information and emphasizes a Blue Zones approach to movement. She focuses on walking because research has proven that for most people just walking is enough to significantly improve their health. We talk about the benefits of walking as well as Carolyn's own path to health and wellness and why she decided to start her podcast. The podcast is designed to be listened to during a 30 minute walk and she gives you an auditory signal half-way through so you can turn around if need be. Learn more about Carolyn and her podcast here: www.wellnesswhilewalking.com Download the resource mentioned here: Your Body on Walking
16 minutes | a year ago
Your Pandemic Reading List
In this week's episode I revisit some of the great books that I've read and reviewed on the podcast as well as some of the wonderful author's I've interviewed. Any of these books would make a great addition to your pandemic reading list. If you are struggling with depression and anxiety during COVID-19 please visit https://www.verywellmind.com/best-online-therapy-4691206 for professional resources available for video sessions, chats and appointments. Episodes mentioned and links to the books in each episode. Episode #4 Your Goals Accomplished with Tiny Life Changes https://fiveforlife.co/ep-4/ Episode #19 Reducing Sugar, Eliminating Toxins with Fiber and Eating for Alkalinity https://fiveforlife.co/sugar-fiber-alkalinity/ Episode #14 Roadblocks to Happiness and Goal-Setting: A Discussion About “Girl Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis https://fiveforlife.co/girlwashyourface/ Episode #23 Healthy Diet Options and “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy https://fiveforlife.co/healthy-diet-options-for-longevity-and-the-compound-effect/ Episode #25 How to Create the Habits of a Happier, Longer Life: A Discussion of “Atomic Habits” by James Clear https://fiveforlife.co/james-clear/ Episode #28 The Five Secrets of a Longer, Healthier Life https://fiveforlife.co/the-five-secrets-of-a-longer-healthier-life-with-phil-riley/ Episode #32 Rewiring the Body and Brain to avoid Burnout with Dr. Nisha Jackson https://fiveforlife.co/rewiring-the-body-and-brain-to-avoid-burnout-with-dr-nisha-jackson/ Episode #33 The Science of Happiness and Mastering your Mindset with Dr. Catherin Sanderson https://fiveforlife.co/the-science-of-happiness-and-mastering-your-mindset-with-dr-catherine-sanderson/ Episode #38 50 After 50-Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life with Maria Olsen https://fiveforlife.co/50-after-50-reframing-the-next-chapter-of-your-life-with-maria-olsen/ Episode #39 Living a Wholehearted Life: A Discussion of Brene Brown’s “The Gifts of Imperfection” https://fiveforlife.co/living-a-whole-hearted-life-a-discussion-of-the-gifts-of-imperfection-by-brene-brown-links/ Episode #63 “Smile: The Astonishing Power of a Simple Act” by Ron Gutman https://fiveforlife.co/ep-63-smile-the-astonishing-power-of-a-simple-act-by-ron-gutman/ Episode #68 A Discussion of “Being Mortal: What Matters in the End” by Dr. Atul Gawande https://fiveforlife.co/ep-68-a-discussion-of-being-mortal-medicine-and-what-matters-in-the-end-by-atul-gawande/ Rachel Hollis Motivational Quotes PDF
18 minutes | a year ago
How to Feel Better NOW
If COVID-19 is getting you down, this episode will give you five practical actions to take this week that will make it easier to manage you mind and feel better. I discuss the why's and the basic benefits behind each and how I recognized their importance in helping me feel better. 1) Time Management 2) Limit your Information Intake 3) Get your Sleep 4) Move your Body 5) Journal For a full transcript please visit : https://fiveforlife.co/ep-71-how-to-feel-better-now/ Resources mentioned (these are not affiliate links) Who Do I want to be During COVID-19? Kindle Unlimited Fit Bit Premium Five for Life-$15 Planner
16 minutes | a year ago
All About Buffering-How to Feel your Emotions
In this short episode I talk all about buffering and the habits we build in an attempt to avoid feeling negative emotions. I discuss the value of being able to recognize our thoughts and how they are creating the feelings that lead to buffering. Buffering is when we use external things to change how we feel internally; an artificial external thing that changes how we feel internally. Buffering is a way of numbing your emotions instead of figuring out why you are feeling them. The answer to why you are feeling them is of course your thoughts...but for many of us we aren’t aware of our thoughts because they’ve run so long in the background of our lives that they have become unconscious. You have to ALLOW all the thoughts and know that you can ALLOW all the feelings too. There is nothing you can’t handle. Buffering and numbing happen because we are never taught HOW to process our emotions or we have learned that we need to FEAR our emotions. So for many of us buffering and numbing become long-standing habits that don’t serve us. When you stop buffering, you start living the truth of your life. You start seeing exactly what is going on in your mind and in your emotions and your actions. When you stay conscious, you can evaluate these patterns in a way that motivates change. You don’t want a life where you have to keep turning off the lights. You want a life where you are proud to keep the lights on. Another great resource that I listen to weekly: Rachel Hart Take A Break Podcast If you want a free copy of the 30 Day Ultimate Habit Building System Workbook, click here!
14 minutes | a year ago
SPECIAL EPISODE: Thinking on Purpose
In this episode, I discuss the importance of managing your mind during times of high stress. Given the uncertainty of the world surrounding COVID-19, this episode gives steps to recognize your thinking and which thoughts are increasing your anxiety. You can feel better by managing your thoughts and observing your thoughts as data. The brain produces 50,000-70,000 per day, more than 2,000 per hour and we have the ability to separate those and choose the thoughts that will create the feelings we want to be feeling. I share how to build a new or future belief (a belief is simply a thought that you keep practicing) by writing down thoughts that help you feel like the person you want to become. What does a calm, collected and optimistic person believe? What thoughts do they think to get them there? Postivite people have negative thoughts they just manage them so they don't overwhelm their lives. Here are some of the resources I've been using to manage my mind and tools that I offered in this podcast. 1) 30 Day Ultimate Habit Building System Get your free workbook complete with 30 days of thought downloads and 30 days of thoughts to help you build a new belief. 30 Day Ultimate Habit Building System Workbook 2) Podcasts that I Listen to that really help me manage my mind: The Life Coach School Podcast How to Be a Better Person Losing 100 Pounds with Phit-n-Phat And here are some of the best, most amazing things I've seen that people have created during this time of unusual stress in the world. These will make you smile and reaffirms the greatness that is the human brain. Pirates of the Caribbean the Home Version It is Well With My Soul Broadway Musical Corona Virus Medley And for a full transcript of this episode visit:
33 minutes | a year ago
The BEST of HABITS
This week I'm revisiting some of our best episodes on habits and grabbing some of the best little nuggets of each. One of the lessons I’ve learned over the last nearly three years of building Five for Life is the IMPACT of habits on our lives. Ultimately it’s what you do consistently over time that defines what your life story will be. And consistency and time--those two things are the major pieces of what defines a habit. The first episode we really talked about the true importance of habits was in Episode #23 when we introduced Darren Hardy's book the Compound Effect. In Episode #25 we dove into James Clear's Atomic Habits. In episodes #42, #43 and #44 we did a three part series on habits. Episode #42 was about the science of the brain and habits, Episode #43 focused on building good habits and in Episode #44 we talked all about breaking the habits that don't serve you. You can have a free copy of the Habit Mindset poster by simply emailing email@example.com with the subject line: Free Poster Links to the episodes mentioned: Episode #23 Episode #25 Episode #42 Episode #43 Episode #44
25 minutes | a year ago
A Discussion of "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande
This week's episode discusses the important book "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End". This book focuses on autonomy in aging and dignity in dying. It is written by physician, surgeon and best-selling author Dr. Atul Gawande. Host Molly Watts shares some of the most important insights from this book and how planning for death is actually part of living a happier, longer life. The review of the book doesn't do it justice, but provides important conversation starters as well as questions to ask yourself as to what makes life worth living for you. The overwhelming idea you should have after listening to this podcast is that you want to read this book. In fact, Molly suggests that everyone NEEDS to read this book. Resources mentioned: FRONTLINE PBS Documentary Trailer Google Talk Atul Gawande TED Talk Atul Gawande Amazon: "Being Mortal" For a complete transcript:
56 minutes | a year ago
Live Long and Master Aging with Peter Bowes
In this week's episode, Molly is joined by broadcasting pro and podcast host, Peter Bowes for a conversation about their shared passion--longevity. Peter hosts, Live Long and Master Aging (or the LLAMA podcast) where he explores the stories and the science behind human longevity. Peter is a veteran reporter for the BBC in Los Angeles and has had the opportunity to interview some amazing scientists as well as some very inspiring elders, including some wonderful centenarians. We have shared a few guests along our journeys exploring longevity and had so much to discuss both in terms of the science behind longevity, as well as lessons learned that science may support but mostly just amounts to common sense. There are some practical ideas shared on how to incorporate small habits into your life that can positively impact your longevity. Did you know that walking fast might be an even better idea than just walking? Listen in to learn more. LLAMA episodes mentioned: #1 Periodic Fasting for Long Term Health (with Valter Longo) #24 Centenarian Living Life to the Full with Ethel Travis #71 Embracing Mobile Technology to Combat Loneliness Among Older Adults with Kerry Burnight For more on the podcast visit: http://www.llamapodcast.com/ Or visit www.peterbowes.com For a full transcript of this episode visit: Live Happier Longer Podcast Episode 67 with Peter Bowes
37 minutes | a year ago
"The Passionistas Project" with Amy & Nancy Harrington
This week on the podcast, Molly is joined by sisters Amy and Nancy Harrington. Amy and Nancy both left careers in the entertainment industry to begin their own business together. Their love of pop culture fueled a successful business producing positive entertainment content — including interviews, articles and trivia challenges — that been syndicated to Yahoo, OMG!, Examiner, Screenpicks, Belief.net and many more. While they have always loved pop culture, just over two years ago, the pair decided that they wanted to create something more meaningful and launched The Passionistas Project podcast. The podcast is designed to highlight women entrepreneurs who are following their passion and building a business around it. Since March of 2018, they've featured some amazing women (who they say you've likely never heard of) to support the positive and strong things women are doing in business. On October 30th of 2019, Amy and Nancy launched what seems like a natural extension of the podcast--the Passionistas Project Pack. The Pack is a subscription box that includes only products from women-owned businesses and female artisans. Learning social media as well as all that goes into a subscription box business has challenged the sisters in the very best way and they are eager to see how big of an impact they can have with this latest venture. For more information and full transcript go to: To subscribe to Passionistas Pack visit here.
25 minutes | a year ago
When Things SUCK...
It happens in all of our lives. There are situations and circumstances that simply suck. In this episode, you'll learn how to manage your mind through times of crises and how to prevent the negative thought spin cycle. First step is to acknowledge something terrible has happened. Second step is to ask questions of your brain to help guide your thoughts toward solutions and away from negative spin cycles that increase your suffering. Third step is to use your imagination to imagine the best case scenario happening. Referenced blog post: When Life Blows Up
33 minutes | a year ago
"Signs of Aging- A Short Film on Living" with Tara Gadomski
This week's episode sparks conversation on the term "anti-aging" with filmmaker and director, Tara Gadomski. Tara wrote and directed this short film, which employs dark humor to get across the point that aging is something that none of us have any control over. We discuss the beauty industry's marketing messages, and how they use dangerous terms like "flaws" or "corrections" for aging skin. We had a great time discussing the film, the actors and why Tara felt compelled to create this film. Tara gives a synopsis of this short, ten-minute film which is really a great conversation starter about how we view the aging process. You can catch "Signs of Aging" on Vimeo here. Or on Amazon Prime here. To connect with Tara and read more about the film, find the press kit here.
17 minutes | a year ago
"SMILE-The Astonishing Power of a Simple Act"
In this episode, Molly reminds us that our thoughts are what determine our happiness, not our circumstances. Even when circumstances seem challenging, we can add to our own suffering by focusing our thoughts on how difficult life feels. She also recaps the popular TED talk (and book) by Ron Gutman called, SMILE-the astonishing power of a Simple Act". She shares some of the powerful statistics on smiling as well as Gutman's suggestion of a "Dandelion List" as a reminder to be present and smile no matter where you are or what you are doing. For your own "Dandelion List" click here.
19 minutes | a year ago
Live HAPPIER Longer 2.0
This week's episode is the first as a solo podcast with host Molly Watts. Molly talks about the vision for the podcast moving forward and how the combination of information, inspiration, education and motivation will unfold to help you create the habits of a happier, longer life. In honor of her Dad's 92nd birthday, she revisits some of the science behind the five daily habits that make up Five for Life. The goal for Five for Life is to create sustainable habits that are proven to both increase longevity and improve overall happiness along the way. The five daily habits are move, learn, share, give and let go. Each can be started, regardless of your age and will provide benefits both immediately and over time. Full transcript below: Molly: (00:00) You're listening to the live happier longer podcast, episode 62. Molly: (00:14) Welcome to the live happier longer podcast. This podcast is equal parts, information, inspiration, education and motivation, all dedicated to increasing longevity and improving happiness along the way. I'm your host Molly Watts and I'm here to help you overcome the habits that don't serve you and create the ones that will. Let's get started. Molly: (00:41) Well, hello. Welcome to episode 62 and my first solo episode for the live happier longer podcast. If you've been listening for a while or before you know that this podcast was previously co-hosted by myself and my good friend Ms Angela McDade. Angela is taking some time off to focus on her family during her youngest son's senior year. And of course we wish her nothing but the very best. While this timing was unexpected and I actually took a week off because I had a cold, you can still can hear my voice, it really coincided kind of nicely with my father's 92nd birthday on the 18th and I thought it was completely appropriate that this first episode will be dropping in the first week of his 93rd year. I have to tell you that I visited him yesterday and probably because my day to day job now involves older adults, other seniors in a continuing care retirement community. Molly: (01:48) I really realized just how amazing he is. And as I was leaving he chuckled telling me about his golf game this week where he beat all his friends shooting a 42 that's right. A 42 on nine holes and his consummate not too bad for 92 makes me so grateful. Happy and proud. And what I loved is his 88 year old wife commenting, well you know, he works at it, WE work at it and I replied with a smile, Yes I know you do. For the live happier longer 2.0 podcast debut. I'm calling it 2.0 even though I should be calling it 1.0 since I'm now by myself, you might've noticed that as well that I've revamped the intro. Um, you'll hear a new outro at the end too if you stick around. And I also decided to get more structured with regards to our content. Molly: (02:44) So I'll be following more of the formula that we kind of set out with when we first decided to do the podcast. And that is one part information, one part inspiration, one part education. And one part motivation. I think the best to accomplish that is kind of to focus each week on one of those areas. So I hit one every month and accordingly this week will be information and during these episodes I'll kind of highlight some of the science that supports our five habits of longevity and happiness. And I'll say that information this week is also including, providing you an overview of where this podcast is headed. So one of the things that's very clear to me as I've spent the last two and a half years really dialed into aging with optimism is exactly what my dad and Carolyn, his wife exemplify and that's that you have to work at it. Molly: (03:40) You have to replace habits that don't serve you with the habits that do and more importantly the habits that will serve you into your seventies eighties nineties and beyond. That's what some of the science as to why we chose the habits that we did to focus on at five for life is kind of what I want to talk about. All five of our daily habits are sustainable as you age and you can start them no matter how old you are and still see benefit. So let's look. So move. If you haven't heard us say it before, I'll say it again now. It's daily habit number one for a reason. That's because movement impacts the quality of your life both physically and mentally. It is intertwined with all of our other daily habits basically, and if you do absolutely nothing else, adding movement or moving more than you do now into your life is really just a no brainer. Molly: (04:34) If you want to set yourself up for living your best life at 80 90 and beyond, some of the statistics behind that regular exercise by seniors may decrease the time it takes for a wound to heal by 25% researchers have found that when individuals walk through your more times a week, the occurrence of dementia was 35% lower than those seniors who are not involved in any type of physical activity. And just two hours of walking in the week can reduce your risk of stroke by 30% so one of the best things about it is that you're never too old to get moving and improve your health. And in fact, adults who became active later in life show greater physical and mental improvements than their younger counterparts. So it's really important no matter how old you are to start moving, if you, if you've led it, especially if you've led a very sedentary life or if you had decreased mobility in for any reason. Molly: (05:34) One of the leading factors that enables older adults to remain independent is mobility. And mobility is simply the ability to normally move and function in daily life. It incorporates various elements that include balance, coordination, flexibility and strength. Mobility is key to maintaining independence, especially as people age and for seniors. The lost mobility has profound social, psychological, and physical consequences. If joints and muscles aren't properly maintained, basic movements can cause pain or even injury. And really the cascade of negative effects that comes with the mobility can often be prevented by physical activity and exercise. So it's really just simple move. Now, move more and keep moving for the rest of your life if you want to maintain your mobility and maintain your independence. All right, so you're convinced that you want to start moving. That's great. Now let's move on to daily habit number two. Learn. Molly: (06:40) You're here listening to a podcast and that is a fantastic start. There are so many valuable podcasts that offer great information, whether you are trying to build habits like us or you're starting a new business, or if you're looking for information and education on what you name it there, the podcast exists and they are a fantastic tool. And what better way to multitask than to walk into listen, right? So you could strike out a daily habit. Number one, walk in our move and daily habit. Number two, learn, boom, boom, all in one one fell swoop. In fact, a study published in the journal of neuroscience last September compared the act of reading a physical book to an audio book. This was just, they were, they were comparing the two. But I think it's important to know that what they found was that the brain, as far as the brain is concerned, you get the same cognitive benefit regardless of whether you're reading a physical book or listening to an audio book. Molly: (07:41) And so when you, when you combine that with information from another study published in the journal of American medical association, JAMA, that this one was published in 2018 researchers in China followed almost 16,000 people ages 65 and older, who were free of dementia for a median period of five years. And they found that daily participation in, in intellectual activities was associated with a significantly lower risk of dementia several years later. And the number one intellectual activity that was reported was reading. Okay. So you go backward to do the math. You, if you are listening to audio books, it's the same as reading a regular book and you can do it while you're walking. So it is absolutely a fantastic way to incorporate both moving and learning and help off, you know, potentially prevent both loss of mobility and dementia. Right? Hey, it's all good stuff. Daily habit number three is share. Molly: (08:45) And this is one of the things I've observed probably most in my role in my senior living community. It's definitely something that in midlife is easy to take for granted because most of us or many of us are still working. We're still active in our communities. We've, we're still involved in our kids' lives. Maybe they're not living at home, but even if they aren't, you're still really involved. And um, it's amazing how once people retire, how quickly a lot of that can go away. And it's the number one thing I hear when people come to see me at the retirement community I work for. It's that we don't want to be as isolated as we are, so social interaction and staying connected is something that you need to make as an actionable habit. It's an especially important if you are single. If your family lives far away or if you consider yourself an introvert and you find yourself spending more of our time alone there. Molly: (09:42) Science from Harvard university, they did a, what they call a meta analysis of 148 longitudinal studies that involved more than 300,000 people. So they basically distilled all of these different studies and they wanted to understand just how much social relationships affect longevity. Participants were 64 years old on average when they entered the studies and investigators followed them for an average of seven and a half years assessing the frequency and type of social relationships they reported as well as health outcomes, including mortality on the basis of their review. The authors of the meta analysis estimated that older people with adequat
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