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At 104, Ioanna Pirou still lives alone, runs a shop and looms clothes. When asked how long she wants live she replies tartly, "I still have much to do."

At 104, Ioanna Pirou still lives alone, runs a shop and looms clothes. When asked how long she wants live she replies tartly, "I still have much to do."

Seasonal depression effects 1.5 million Americans, it is a form of depression that often happens in the winter months. Try these 7 tips to fight seasonal depression.

7 Ways to Battle Seasonal Depression

Seasonal depression effects 1.5 million Americans, it is a form of depression that often happens in the winter months. Try these 7 tips to fight seasonal depression.

BELONG, LIVE LONGER -- These Okinawan women have been friends for 97 years. They are all over 100. They meet each evening at 5:00, drink sake, gossip and occasionally talk sex. If one doesn't show up, the others don kimonos, shuffle across the village an check up on their missing friend--no need for long-term care insurance!  Their committed social network--called a moai--is worth up to 8 extra years of life expectancy compared to a life of isolation.

BELONG, LIVE LONGER -- These Okinawan women have been friends for 97 years. They are all over 100. They meet each evening at 5:00, drink sake, gossip and occasionally talk sex. If one doesn't show up, the others don kimonos, shuffle across the village an check up on their missing friend--no need for long-term care insurance! Their committed social network--called a moai--is worth up to 8 extra years of life expectancy compared to a life of isolation.

FRIENDS=LONGEVITY...Lonely peoples' life expectancy is 8 years shorter than people who have at least 5 good friends. The definition of a good friend: You like them, you see them regularly and you can call them on a bad day and they'll care. Share with your friends that keep you young. #BlueZones

FRIENDS=LONGEVITY...Lonely peoples' life expectancy is 8 years shorter than people who have at least 5 good friends. The definition of a good friend: You like them, you see them regularly and you can call them on a bad day and they'll care. Share with your friends that keep you young. #BlueZones

GARDEN POWER -- Of the 256 centenarians interviewed, most grew gardens and many were still working their plots. Gardening has been proven to lower cortisol levels but more importantly, provides a daily nudge to water, weed, or tend. This non-exercise physical activity (and organic harvests) kept people fit into their 100's.  Here, 105-yr-old Okianwan Teguchi dons his gardening gloves before weeding.

GARDEN POWER -- Of the 256 centenarians interviewed, most grew gardens and many were still working their plots. Gardening has been proven to lower cortisol levels but more importantly, provides a daily nudge to water, weed, or tend. This non-exercise physical activity (and organic harvests) kept people fit into their 100's. Here, 105-yr-old Okianwan Teguchi dons his gardening gloves before weeding.

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Forgiveness: 9 Steps to Releasing the Burden | Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

Forgiveness: 9 Steps to Releasing the Burden

Forgiveness: 9 Steps to Releasing the Burden | Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

Plant Slant
  Beans, including fava, black, soy and lentils, are the cornerstone of most centenarian diets. Meat—mostly pork—is eaten on average only five times per month.  Serving sizes are 3-4 oz., about the size of deck or cards.

Plant Slant Beans, including fava, black, soy and lentils, are the cornerstone of most centenarian diets. Meat—mostly pork—is eaten on average only five times per month. Serving sizes are 3-4 oz., about the size of deck or cards.

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LAUGH WITH A FRIEND TODAY. Laughter lowers blood pressure, increases blood oxygenation, reduces stress, and improves alertness, creativity, and memory..... And, it makes you happy!  Tag your friend that keeps you laughing. #laughter #happiness #BlueZones

LAUGH WITH A FRIEND TODAY. Laughter lowers blood pressure, increases blood oxygenation, reduces stress, and improves alertness, creativity, and memory..... And, it makes you happy! Tag your friend that keeps you laughing. #laughter #happiness #BlueZones

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