4 Things The Swiss Can Teach Us About How To Live Longer
Different countries and communities all have different rules, different customs, and different ways of living. Naturally, given all of these differences, other aspects of life from health to happiness will change from country to country. When we find one system having a profound effect on one aspect of life, we can gain insight into the nature of it by examining how they live.
Switzerland is one country we might want to pay particular attention to. They have one of the highest life expectancies in the world, and who wouldn’t want to become a member of that club? Thankfully, as the Huffington Post have done, we can glean insights into how to live longer by finding the differences between the Swiss and the rest of the world:
2. They have a good work-life balance.
Work can be a major source of stress for many people, with hectic commutes, long workdays, difficult bosses and pressing deadlines. Stress can lead to a number of health problems, like increasing your risk of heart attack, diabetes and depression — not to mention that it literally can shorten your life.
But the Swiss know how to say “auf wiedersehen” to the cubicle and head home. Only around 7 percent of Swiss people in an OECD survey said they work very long hours. They also make sure to take proper lunch breaks. Most shops are closed on Sundays, literally forcing people to take a respite, while new mothers get a minimum 14-week maternity leave.
Work takes up a lot of our time, and even more of our energy. What’s more, most of us don’t maintain a good balance, we work too hard thinking that it’ll pay off one day in the future, when instead we should have the present more in mind. Check out the full post for the other tips on extending your life like the Swiss.
About Sam Brinson Sam is a writer living in Uruguay. Sam follows the latest in aging break throughs.