ZEN+ : Helping you Stay Young and Age Well

Ready to wrestle bare handed with Sabre Toothed Tigers…

By Marcus Santer

The Sunday Quote:

“In humans the relative contributions of nature and nurture can be measured by comparing twins, who share almost identical genomes but rarely die at the same age. A 2004 survey of over 2,700 pairs of twins found that genetics explained just 20% of age-related impairments, highlighting environmental impact on the rest.”

This quote was taken from the book I’m reading at the moment:

50 Ideas you really need to know: Biology by JV Chamary

And backs up the theory that your lifestyle choices have a larger impact on your health and longevity than the whatever genes you’ve inherited.

Now it’s hard to find a clear definition of what ‘environmental impact’ means.

So I’m going to go out on a limb and say it includes things like the following:

And so on.

All of which – with the exception of what happens to you – are things you can influence.

For sure, moving to a healthier place might not be easy.

Neither could changing your job to something that doesn’t make your eyes pop out of your head with stress.

But it can be done.


And making sure you get enough social connection to nurture you…

Well, that’s easy in comparison.

And it all has a positive effect on the ‘age-related impairments’ you can look forward to.

And adopting ZEN+ habits can help you to significantly stack the odds of a longer, healthier and happier life in your favour.

Best place to get started if you’re new?

With my book:

ZEN+ The Art and Science of Living Healthier for Longer.

Only available here.

Bye for now


P.S. Talking about stress…

Just finished Clarabella’s driving ‘exposure‘ for today.

We added on a new chunk to her repertoire of roads driven on.

And she aced it.

But then she said: “Right, I’m driving us home.”

And drove past the place we’d agreed to stop.

The way she said it left me in no doubt she was going to do it.

So I gritted my teeth and inched my hand gently towards the handbrake…

Just in case.

​Because this was uncharted territory we were entering.

It was all going swimmingly until…

We got to a junction.

Clarabella stopped, looked left and right and began rolling backwards!

Fortunately there was nobody behind us.

And she managed to stop the car and move it forwards before there was any trouble.

But by then I’d received a massive wallop of stress juice into my system and was all pumped up and ready to wrestle sabre toothed tigers bare handed.

Anyway, we got home safe and sound.

So I’m going to sit down and do some mindful breathing to allow my body to recover…

You on the other hand should make certain you have a copy of this.

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