How to create memories that last forever with loved ones
1. Surround yourself with the people you love.
In a study of people who were in their 80s, 94% of them could remember the 10 closest people to them in their lives. In another study, the majority of people chose spouses who were similar to themselves in age. In other words, if you are 40 and marry someone who is also 40, then you will be together for 60 years. If you marry someone 20 years younger than yourself, then you will be together for 80 years (on average). So choose well!
If you exercise for 30 minutes a day, every day, it increases your life expectancy by three years.
3. Laugh every day
People who watched funny clips on YouTube every day for three weeks had a 10% increase in their immune response when they were exposed to a cold virus after that period. Laughter triggers endorphins which help fight off disease and stress.
Writing down your goals and your fears about those goals increases your chances of achieving those goals by 50%. The reason is because writing down your fears forces you to confront them and find solutions rather than avoid them.
One study showed that having an empathetic spouse makes a person 34% less likely to develop dementia later in life. Having an unempathetic spouse raises that risk by 43%. The reason is that empathy keeps us grounded in reality and connected to others so we don't lose ourselves in our own heads (which can lead to dementia).
6. Connectedness with God or spirituality or something greater than us.
People who have this are 25% less likely to die prematurely compared with those who do not have this spiritual connection. This is true even when controlling for all other factors like smoking or drinking or diet or exercise or socioeconomic status or health insurance status etc..