Grandparents And Granddaughter Walking On Winter BeachSource

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

is this?


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

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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

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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.