Add Years to Your Life and Life to Your Years

By CNN News Wire

Published 08/27 2014 07:03AM

Updated 08/27 2014 07:08AM

It's no secret that staying physically active and eating healthy may help you live longer. But research shows that how long you live and the quality of those years is more nurture than nature.  So what is the secret to healthy aging?

Turning 70 didn't slow Molly Darden down.  Instead she went water skiing. 
"I decided that i'm going to sail through the 70s facing challenges exuberantly. Enjoying, enjoying, enjoying."

One secret to molly's healthy aging - her longevity attitude. 

"It's a mix of feeling that you are in control of your health// buffering stress, keeping positive human relationships and keeping a very positive attitude," explains Dr. Sharon Bergquist of Emory School of Medicine.

Research shows 25% of aging is determined by genetics.  Much of the rest is in our hands and often comes down to lifestyle and our outlook.  Recent studies show..."People who have a positive view of aging will live 7 and a half years longer," Berquist says. 

Molly has always embraced life.  She worked as a journalist and photographer, and lived overseas. Now, she stays connected with others through her own blog website and on Twitter.  And stays fit by gardening and walking her dog.   "It's a passion to be happy, vibrant, zestful because i know now that i'm in my homestretch of life."

Molly's positive lifestyle not only adds years to her life but life to her years. 

(Holly Firfer for CNN's Health Minute)

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