What’s the secret to a long and happy life? Some of the world’s wisest and most experienced people share the habits and routines they swear make all the difference. One of the world’s oldest women, 116-year-old Brooklynite Susannah Mushatt Jones, claims that four strips of bacon every day are the key to her long life.
Another centenarian, 110-year-old Agnes Fenton, claims that three cans of Miller High Life with a shot of good liquor at 5 PM were the secret ingredients of her long life.
These, of course, are some of the more wild pieces of advice from this sage group of rarities. Along more practical lines, in 2011, the Huffington Post interviewed a centenarian named Ruth who attributed her 100+ status to the fact that she started practicing pilates at the age of 92.
From all around the world here are some of the best pieces of advice from these tactful, long-lived souls:
- “Don’t look at the calendar. Just keep celebrating every day.”
- “I make myself go out every day, even if it’s only to walk around the block. The key to staying young is to keep moving.”
- “Don’t ever give up on love.”
- “Make time to cry.”
- “Don’t compare. You’ll never be happy with your life. The grass is always greener.”
- “Do one thing each day that is just for you.”
- “Find your passion and live it.”
- “Most times, things will figure themselves out.”
- “I’m not saying you have to practice one religion or another, or not practice one religion or another… I’m just saying that you should figure out what you believe in and live it completely.”
- “Be satisfied. You don’t have to be ‘happy’ all the time, you need to be satisfied.”
- “Love people. Find something to like about a person. And it’s there because we’re all just people.”
- “Exercise every morning. I don’t leave my bedroom until I’ve done 200 reps on my rowing machine every morning.”
- “Be active. I do things my way, like skiing when I’m 100. Nobody else does that even if they have the energy. And I try to eat pretty correctly and get exercise and fresh air and sunshine.”
- “When you think negatively, you’re putting poison on your body. Just smile. They say laughter is the best medicine there is.”
- “Surround yourself with lots of different types of people. People have always energized me.”
- “Try everything. Ballet, tai chi, yoga, walking, stretching, write that book, travel… live life to the fullest and do everything you think you might be interested in.”
- “As children, when we were having fun, we often forgot to eat or sleep. I believe we can keep that attitude as adults, too. It’s best not to tire the body with too many rules (like lunchtime and bedtime).”
- “There is no need to ever retire, but if one must, it should be a lot later than 65.”
- “Take the stairs and carry your own stuff. I take two stairs at a time to get my muscles moving.”
- “Pain is mysterious. And having fun is the best way to forget it.”
- “I try not to worry. I just try to live.”
- “Live debt-free.”
- “You gotta be lucky for 100 years.”
- “Humor is a life force — a way of surviving the difficulties of living.”
- “Age is not a disease.”
- “Take naps every day.”
- “Learn new things that make you happy and keep your mind active.”
- “Participate in a lot of activities. I play Bingo, do meditation, crafting, and attend fitness classes. I don’t miss happy hour, either!”
- “Don’t smoke, don’t drink, and don’t retire.”
No matter your age, there are so many nuggets of wisdom provided that you can apply to your own life. Living a long, full, happy life is what everyone is after. Surround yourself with beauty, the people you love, and the things that bring you joy.
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