This is an interesting question, which makes you think about the real difference a good relationship can have on our lives.
For many grandparents their grandchildren mean the world to them. They love and appreciate in a whole new way. They also see their children in a new way too.
Can these benefits help us grandparents live longer?
We all understand that eating and living well can add years to our lives. So can avoiding alcohol, drugs and smoking.
There is also evidence that spending a relaxing day with those you love lowers your blood pressure.
Staying positive and having a purpose
Apart from the physical things you can do to help you live longer, surely staying positive and having a purpose are important too.
Our mental health has a deep effect on our physical wellbeing. Stress can lead to all manner of illnesses and diseases. Reducing stress is important for long term health.
Having a purpose gives us a reason to get up in the morning. It helps us keep going when things are tough or we aren’t feeling at our best.
Our purpose can be a long term clearly defined goal, such as going on an overseas holiday. Or it can be planning how we can spend time with our loved ones more often.
Grandkids can help you live longer
Planning when you’ll see your grandkids, and what you will do together is a great way to fill your life with purpose and meaning.
It doesn’t have to be the only thing you look forward to, but creating and strengthening close family ties is a great way to keep you mentally fit and stress free.