The United States of America is ranked 38th in the world as far as life expectancy is concerned. For such a
well-developed nation, you would think that life expectancy would be longer. This ranking falls behind
countries that are far less developed. Many people think the US has much in common with Europe as far
as certain lifestyle points are concerned, yet the US falls behind many Europeans in life expectancy. Why
They Take Their Time
When you compare the day to day flow of Europe vs. the US, it’s easy to see that Europeans take their
time with just about everything. From meeting up with friends and getting a cup of coffee to dining out
and going for a walk, Europeans seem to savor each moment and enjoy the company of others. It’s not
uncommon to find people taking a break from work in the middle of the day, closing up shop until later
in the afternoon or evening. There is less of a hustle and bustle, less grab and go. Many parts of Europe
don’t even offer disposable cups, flatware, or containers, which means you must sit and enjoy the
consumables you buy before going on your merry way.
They Eat Healthy and Less
It’s no secret that the US has an obesity problem, and much of that likely extends from the readily
available abundance of processed foods. Europeans tend to eat fewer processed foods. Eating fresher
ingredients is healthier for you. In addition to eating healthier foods, Europeans also tend to eat smaller
portions. By eating healthy and eating less, they are at a lower risk for obesity and heart disease.
They Use More Public Transportation
The public railway around the US is practically non-existent when you compare it to the system used by
Europe. Even so, Europeans tend to use more public transportation, such as buses and trains. This
reduces the use of vehicles on the road polluting the air. That’s not to say that pollution is non-existent
in Europe or that no one drives cars. There is just a wider use of public transport that helps reduce the
carbon footprint left by the use of cars.