The latest studies show that reading contributes to a longer, even happier, life. That news comes as no surprise to many celebrities.
Reading Translates to a Longer Life
The latest studies show that reading contributes to a longer, even happier, life. That news comes as no surprise to many celebrities. Stars like Oprah, Angelina Jolie, and Shakira, founded schools overseas. Others, like rapper Pitbull, tennis champ Andre Agassi, and former NBA player and current sportscaster Jalen Rose have opened charter schools. They all recognize and support the role reading and education plays in future success and happiness.
Eat Mini Meals
Katherine Heiglsays that her secret is eating mini meals. It gives her energy throughout the day, but also ensures that he maintains her slim, beautiful figure. With all the positive health benefits associated with eating smaller and more frequent meals, it’s also a habit that many other successful celebrities practice as well. After all, mini meals also take less time away from doing their jobs and being successful.
It’s a practice that the most celebrated and successful people do! Oprah, Kobe Bryant, Deepak Chopra, Ellen DeGeneres, Arianna Huffington, Jerry Seinfeld and Jennifer Aniston are just a few of the most famous celebrities who practice meditation. It’s a way to tap into the “stillness”. Hugh Jackman famously said, “It makes me calm and happy, and, well, it gives me some peace and quiet in what’s a pretty chaotic life!”
Networking is one of the most basic tried-and-true secrets that all big celebrities know. As Nobel-Prize-winning economist Paul Zane Pilzer said, “You only win when you help others win.” Networking, at its core, is selling something based on a relationship. Not convinced that networking is a necessary and/or helpful tool when it comes to being successful in your life? Just look at Mark Zuckerberg.
Box It Out
Marisa Miller and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley both use boxing to get into that swimsuit-ready body for Victoria Secret/Sports Illustrator photo shoots. Miller says, “It’s good because you use your whole body and you work your legs all the way up.” Of course, boxing is also a great way to relieve all that stress build up in the lives of successful celebs.
Focus on Resistance Training
Bar Rafaeli, an Israeli model, TV host, actor, and business woman is just one of the celebrities who say resistance training is the secret for achieving optimal health and fitness. Forms of resistance training include resistancebands and your own body weight, or you could use free weights and weight machines.
The list of celebrity vegetarians is very, very long and includes Alyssa Milano, Christie Brinkley, Adele, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Jared Leto, Ellen Page, Russell Brand, Pamela Anderson, and Carrie Underwood (who gave up meat at 13-years-old) just to name a few. Besides the obvious advantage of eating veggies, celebrities experience benefit by reducing a reduced chance of heart disease and cancer, as well as losing weight and advocating for animals.
Seriously, It’s Super Healthy
It may seem extreme to some, but celebrities say that cutting out meat is the secret that really works. Alicia Silverstonebecame a vegetarian in 1998, and she hasn’t looked back. Of course, she was on the “doughnuts and steak” diet. Like many of the other celebs who have become vegetarians, though, she claims it makes a huge difference.
Eat Lean Protein, Especially Fish
We’ve all heard that the secret to long life is eating fish, but now studies by the Alzheimer Association and others prove that fish (particularly the Omega–3 essential fatty acids) are essential. That’s something that celebrities like Daniel Dae Kim (famous for Lost and Hawaii Five-0) have known for a while. He claims that his choice fish and raw seafood is lean and satisfying. Now, it appears that it’s not only great tasting, it’s also a key component in a healthy and long life.
Sushi Is Your Friend
Sushi is a famously popular favorite for celebrity foodies. It gets them the Omega-3 fatty acids that they need, but also just tastes great. Hollywood publicist Bonnie Morrison very often eats a dinner of sushi and salad. It’s healthy, helps the hot celebrities maintain their trim figure, and also keeps them alert and happy.
Feed Your Curiosity
Luise Rainer, an actress from the 1930s, said, “When you lose your curiosity, you’re dead.” Curiosity is also one of the reasons why some celebrities are really successful at what they do. When you feed your curiosity, you grow in your career and your life, but you also have new (and better) life experiences. If you’re curious, it’s also more likely that you’ll see the world, and also strive to change the world (hopefully making it better). You stand out.
It might seem like the next logical step, but innovation is just as easy (or as hard) as taking your curiosity and running with it. One of the best examples of that spirit of innovation and creativity is, of course, Walt Disney. He had an idea, but then he also tenacity to continue to do what it took to make that dream a reality. Many of the most famous celebrities have that same ceaseless drive to succeed, no matter what the obstacles.
Practice Bikram Yoga
It’s, well, hot. Bikram yoga is one way celebrities like George Clooney stay fit and healthy no matter what their age might seem to suggest. Jennifer Aniston famously said, “My legs got leaner. My arms got strong. I’ve maybe even grown half an inch from aligning my spine.” Lady Gaga, Madonna, Beyoncé, Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey are just a few of the celebrities who are avid practitioners of Bikram yoga.
You know their names, and also the tabloid stories that popped up around their decisions to quit smoking. They said thatJennifer Aniston was pregnant when she quit smoking. Ben Affleck and Ewan McGregor both used hypnosis to quit. Other celebrities, like Ashton Kutcher, used the Allen Carr’s method to stall the smoking addiction.
Seriously, Don’t Smoke
Those famous celebrities all quit because studies show that smoking kills, but it also adversely affects a smoker’s skin and reduces the ability to fight off illness. Even President Obama is famous for his struggle with quitting his smoking habit. They are all happier and healthier since they quit, though (as some of their methods show) it wasn’t easy.
Nix the Alcohol
Rob Lowe famously gave up alcohol and has been on the road to recovery ever since (27+ years). His alcoholism (and ongoing recovery) has given him a lot, “Integrity, honesty, fearlessness, faith, a relationship with God, and most of all gratitude.” He and other celebrities, like Dane Cook, Eric Clapton, Eminem, Kristen Davis, and even Daniel Radcliffe see what alcohol does. They are happier, healthier and more successful without it.
As Oprah says, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Gratitude also has amazing side-effects, including the benefits to your physical and psychological health. Studied prove that it actually helps you be and become happier, as well as live longer.
Why Gratitude? Secret
Beyond some of the more basic positive health benefits of being grateful, studies have also shown that it helps improve relationships, supports and helps build your self-esteem, and helps reduce stress. Oprah also says, “Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life.”
Madonna, Sting, Liz Hurley, Danny Glover, Uma Thurman, Julia Roberts, Sharon Stone, and even Ian McKellen all do pilates on a regular basis and they love it. It helps keep them trim and their cores fit. When he played Superman, Brandon Routh said that pilates was part of what gave him the core training he needed for the long hours, but that it also kept him flexible.
Why Is Pilates So Great?
Actress and model Ashley Greene says, “I do Pilates now, early in the morning. It wakes you up, and it’s kind of refreshing.” But, pilates is great for more than just celebrity fitness and flexibility. Joan Bakewell claims that pilates is part of why she’s still fit and healthy at 70-years-old. In particular, she says, “It is wonderful for injuries.”
Listen To Your Body
Cameron Diaz says, “It’s about taking care of yourself.” But, it’s not always easy. It usually sounds a little selfish, even bitchy for a celebrity to tell it like it is, but famous celebrities know they are their own best advocate. Alicia Keyes also says, “No one will take care of you if you don’t take care of yourself.”
Stay in the Shade
Successful celebrities know that their appearance often affects their career and livelihood. It’s an image game. So, celebrities like Nicole Kidman stay in the shade. Also, Jennifer Aniston uses sunscreen to protect her youthful appearance as long as possible. Some celebrities even take more extreme measures to protect their skin no matter where they go.
Protect Your Skin
When finding shade is impossible, celebrities also bring it with them with large-brimmed hats, baby carriages for their kids, and even umbrellas or parasols. That way they’re protected no matter what the weather or outdoor condition. It’s a throw-back to the Southern belle or rich aristocracy, where women were encouraged to maintain a porcelain white complexion.
This goes back to the networking theory. It pays to have connections with other humans, especially those types of connections that make you happy and further you on your path toward success. Connecting and spending time with our loved ones contributes to a happier, healthier life. At least that’s the hope. Scientific studies reinforce that long-held assumption, too.
One of the most basic secrets to success and happiness is rooted in memory. So, when a famous celebrity like Shakira performs at benefit concerts to support those in Haiti affected by the earthquake, she’s not only making a huge difference, but she’s also giving back, making a difference, and also ensuring that she’ll likely continue to have a happy and healthy life.
A Purpose-Driven Life
In Live a Life You Love, life coach Susan Biali, M.D. says that pursuing our passions “releases chemicals in your brain which are known to boost your immune system, keep your heart healthy, and decrease stress hormones.” Celebrities like Gloria Stuart took on the goal of living with purpose, which resulted in her Oscar-nominated performance at 87.
Laugh Like There’s No Tomorrow
Some of our favorite celebrities know that laughter really is the best medicine. It keeps us young, happy and healthy. It also keeps the stress away.Jennifer Aniston explains, “I think being joyful and grateful is always a positive thing.” Plus, laughing and doing things that make you laugh is just plain fun.
Every famous celebrity has failed at least one time, so one of the secrets of the success is how you must react to failure. Zig Ziglar, an author, salesman, and motivational speaker famously said, “How many people are completely successful in every department of life? Not one. The most successful people are the ones who learn from their mistakes and turn their failures into opportunities.” Even Madonna, Oprah, and Jerry Seinfeld were all rejected at least once in their careers.
Get B12 Shots
Madonna, Justin Timberlake, and Charlize Theron say that B12 shots give them more energy and help them lose weight. It’s a quick-and-easy way to get that edge, but studies also show that it may also minimize the effects of PMS. Celebrities also eat foods that contain high levels of B12 such as red meat, liver, mackerel, and sardines.
Drink Apple Cider Vinegar Shots
Fergie takes vinegar shots to help lose weight and stay healthy. It’s a trick that her trainer recommended. Miranda Kerr and Megan Fox also swear by the stuff. They drink it, drizzle it on their salads, and say that it helps with weight loss and offers a complete cleanse. As with many cleanse methods, apple cider vinegar should be undertaken with some caution, but celebrities say it gives them shine.
Guzzle Green Tea
Gwyneth Paltrow and Courtney Love both say their secret is drinking green tea. It’s an antioxidant and it helps you lose weight. Studies have also shown that drinking green tea also helps reduce stress and even supports your immune system (even preventing cancer). It’s no wonder so many of our favorite celebrities say that green tea is part of their daily health and wellness routine.
Vary Your Workout
Charlize Theron does it all when it comes to working out. She does yoga, she hikes, and attends spinning classes. She says that variety helps her stay active, but the variety also helps her to stay focused. If you’ve ever found yourself getting bored with your workout, or even unmotivated to start, the simple act of switching it up and trying new workouts can be a big secret that really works!
Beyoncé says that she drinks a gallon of water every day, and other celebrities report that they also drink a ton of water, too! That’s because there are so many benefits that come from drinking a lot of water. These benefits include clearing up your skin, weight loss, and overall health. So want a quick and easy way to increase your health? Drink way more water.
When It Comes to Staying Hydrated, Go Big
There’s no such thing as too much self-care. And what does that look like? Well, Jennifer Aniston says, “Drink water, stay hydrated and sleep. It’s so boring, yet so simple.” Gwyneth Paltrow even uses the hashtag: #ILoveWater. Cindy Crawford also says: “Your body is so happy when you drink water.”
Fans follow their favorite hot celebrities everywhere, so it’s not always easy for celebs to go outside. But, they still do it. That’s also why they need the sunscreen and water, but it’s a great way to add variety to their workout schedule and keep them from getting bored. You’ll also see them taking their kids to the park or hitting the beach.
Don’t Give Up
It’s another one of those really obvious secrets, but the utter simplicity of tenacity really can’t be overestimated. It goes hand-and-hand with a positive attitude and never allowing setbacks and failure to stop you from moving forward in the direction of your goals and dreams. J.K. Rowling and Stephen King both experienced failure before going on to become outrageous successes.
Follow That Passion
Maya Angelou said, “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” Just look at the long list of celebrities who followed their passion, which includes Harrison Ford, Whoopi Goldberg, and George Clooney to name just a few.
Work for It
If you’re looking for a magic bullet, think again. In order to succeed, celebrities like Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, and Angelina Jolie work hard. Successful celebrities don’t leave it to change. Instead, they continue to improve themselves, take care of themselves and continue to build upon their successes.
Obviously, so many of the secrets are intertwined and inter-related, but what’s important to the success, health and happiness of us all (including the biggest and most popular celebrities) is to embrace life, recognizing the good and bad. The only way to succeed is to actually live. It’s not always beautiful and perfect, but by following all the sage secrets and wisdom of our favorite stars, we can learn to be the best we can ultimately be and become.
Value Your Time
Time is money, as the biggest celebrities know only too well. That’s because time is limited, and sometimes you only have one chance to make that perfect impression. So, you have to make the most of the time you have, both on the job and outside of it. So, schedule your time wisely.