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One of the first things you do when you visit the doctor’s office is to fill out your family history, so they can know what kind of problems may run in your genes. But author Dan Buettner says there’s something else that has a bigger impact on how long you live.
I would say the number one thing you should get square if you want to live longer is to know your sense of purpose. We know that people who know their sense of purpose live about 8 years longer than people who don’t, & if you’re clear on that it makes day to day decisions pretty easy – & you’ll likely have a lot less stress in your life.
Dan is the author of The Blue Zone Solution, & says only 20% of how long we live is dictated by what’s been handed down to us thru our parent’s genes. More at BlueZones.com.
Remember when a quarter used to buy you a candy bar? Even though you can’t buy much for yourself with a quarter these days – it’s all you need to help some others. Steven Guiliano used to work for the local food bank in Woodstock, Ontario – but a few years ago he thought to himself “there has to be a better way.” That’s when he started Food for Friends.
FOOD FOR FRIENDS
It promotes human dignity. It touches my heart when I see people going through the grocery stores with these cards, & a calculator & a grocery list. They’re taking responsibility for their own decisions in terms of their own food.
Food for Friends partners with a local grocery store, who takes donations of a quarter that they tack on to your grocery bill. All that money is then totaled up & given to needy families in the form of a food card. They then get to come in & shop, & learn to budget as well. Steven is hoping to use it as a model to fight poverty across Canada – & maybe now, even beyond.