Nearly a century ago, the average life expectancy was 54—today, it’s 78, with more people living to 100 than ever before. So what happened over the last 90 years and how can you improve your chances of living a long, active and healthy life?

Improvements in diet, nutrition, water supply, hygiene and health care certainly add a great deal to this story. And genetics have some say, but it is really your environment that determines how much of a say they really have.

Here are some of the things you can do to stay around a little longer:

• Be optimistic—it reduces stress
• Don’t over or under sleep
• Get a pet—animal lovers are less lonely and less depressed
• Develop and nurture close relationships
• Maintain a healthy life—which may include eating right, exercising and visiting our practice for regular adjustments