These 8 rules have been observed and created over a period of years (maybe a decade or so). I expect the list to grow, as I learn more, and grow myself. For now, there are eight rules for a healthy, happy and long life.

They are:

  1. Eat with someone else whenever possible, as opposed to eating alone.
  2. Plate should have – 50-60% vegetables, 30-40% proteins and rest whatever.
  3. Hydrate Well – 8 to 10 8-oz glasses of water.
  4. Exercise moderately for 30-45 minutes 5 times a week.
  5. Spend time in nature, out in the open.
  6. Have positive interactions with friends and family on a regular basis.
  7. Make a lot of money so you don’t have to worry about it.
  8. Spend time on your passions.

Eat with someone else whenever possible, as opposed to eating alone.

We are social animals. We need interaction with others. It’s a core human need. Complete isolation is what they do in prison when they really want to punish you.

Therefore, I suggest you eat all your meals with someone else. If you’re at home, find your spouse, partner or child to eat with. When you’re out, invite friends. When you’re at the food court at the mall, walk up to some stranger who is eating alone and ask if you can share the table with them.

Why eat with someone else? Well, isn’t breaking bread together one of the best ways to connect with someone?

Plate should have – 50-60% vegetables, 30-40% proteins and rest whatever.

When you fill your plate with vegetables and protein (preferably plant-based), your body will thank you.

I’d recommend you read two books The China Study, and Younger Next Year. Both of these should be available for rent at your local library.

Hydrate Well – 8 to 10 8-oz glasses of water.

Hydration is a cure to many ailments. Drink plenty of water everyday and watch your body, mind and spirit transform in amazing ways (especially if continued for extended period of time).

I highly recommend you make this a life-long habit. Matter of fact, all of the eight rules suggested here should be life-long habits.

Exercise moderately for 30-45 minutes 5 times a week.

Exercising keeps your mind sharp, and your body strong, balanced and agile. Experiment with different forms of exercises. Build your own exercise program.

I train hard 3-4 days a week, and I train easy for another 2-3 days a week. Important thing about exercising is consistency. Show up everyday. Workout everyday.

Spend time in nature, out in the open.

Spending time outside of the house, out in the open is an amazing way to spend you free time. Spend it with a friend, spouse, partner or child if possible.

Doesn’t matter how you do it, as long as you do it. If you can’t get out for long walks every day, spend little time outside. But, get out of your house.

Have positive interactions with friends and family on a regular basis.

Memories are what live on long after we’re gone. The rest is immaterial. Spend time with people you love, and those who love you.

Life is nothing but a collection of moments. And when you spend those moments with people you love, you turn them into memories. Those memories eventually become stories that continue living longer after we stop living.

Make a lot of money early on in life, so you don’t have to worry about it.

Most people spend their entire life trying to make money. Don’t do this. Figure out how to make a lot of money early on, so you can spend the rest of your life on your passions, having happy interactions with others, and change the world.

Spend time on your passions.

Our passions make us happy. More time we spend pursuing them, happier we become.