Live to 100: Lessons in Longevity from Some of The World’s Oldest People

The idea of living to the age of 100 years old was once nothing more than a sci-fi fantasy. However, in the 21st Century, we’ve seen more and more people reach triple digits. Most amazingly of all, it would seem that those who enjoy a longer-than-average life do so in incredible health and happiness! The kinds of people that are living to 110 are also the ones who enjoy an exceptional quality of life that we could all learn from.

It would seem that the way a person lived in their 20’s, 30’s and entire younger life pretty much sets the tone for how they spend their twilight years. If this is the case, then this will no doubt make a lot of people stand back and evaluate their own current lives. After all, who doesn’t like the idea of blowing the birthday candles out, unaided, at their 100th birthday party surrounded by loved ones?

With more and more people living to see the turn of an entire century, the key to living a long and enjoyable life is becoming less and less of an actual secret.

Want to see the ripe old age of 100 for yourself? Then check out the advice of some of these incredible golden oldies, found below…

Christian Mortensen, 115

“Friends, a good cigar, drinking lots of good water, no alcohol, staying positive and lots of singing will keep you alive for a long time.”

Irving Kahn, 106

“It is very important to have a widespread curiosity about life.”

Helen Mulligan, 101

“Take it easy; enjoy life, what will be will be. Sleep well, have a Bailey’s Irish Cream before bed if you can if you have a cold – you will wake up fine the next morning.”

Gussie Levine, 100

“Don’t fight the day, just let it be. Get up and be positive. Avoid any and all drama; I don’t get involved with silly minutiae or difficult personalities; people respect me for that.”

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Loretta Hodge, 102

“Whatever is hard, you make it hard, but if you take it as it comes, it doesn’t come hard. Don’t worry, don’t want so much, and be satisfied with what you’ve got. Be willing to share with your friends and those less fortunate.”

Benjamin Goldfaden, 99

“Stay active…even at 100. Eat in a balanced way…Don’t stay mad at anything – you have to get used to the losses, otherwise, you can’t win. Lastly, stay close to your family, they keep you thinking.”

Maurice Eisman, 100

“If I could leave any message, never stop learning. Period.”

Alice Herz-Sommer, 109

“My twin sister was a terrible pessimist, she died when she was 70 because she never laughed. Laughing is beautiful though.”

Lili Rudin, 100

“Do something interesting every day; otherwise you disintegrate.”

Haruo Ito, 101

“Sleep well, try not to worry, and enjoy good dreams.”

Justina Sotomayor, 101

“Be lovable. I’ve lived a long life because there are so many people who love me.”

Herman Soloman, 103live-to-100

“I take a drink of scotch every day. And I feel great afterwards.”

Dr. Laila Demark, 114

“Eat right and do what you love. Whatever you love to do is play; doing what you don’t like to do is work. I have never worked a day in my life!”

Ebby Halliday, 101

“Don’t smoke, don’t drink, and don’t retire!”

Ruth Gruber, 101

“Look inside your soul and find your tools. We all have tools and have to live with the help of them. I have two tools, my words and my images. I used my typewriter, computer, and cameras to fight injustice. Whenever I see a possibility of helping people who are in danger, I want to help them.”

Jennie Cascone, 100

“Be good, don’t complain, just get up and do. Keep on working, keep on going, and have a good time.”

Gardner Watts, 98

“My longevity is attributed to my long, happy marriage. We did everything together. She was perfect in my eyes.”

Irving Ladimer, 96

“For a long, healthy life, you need a plan and a purpose. It could be family, writing a book, becoming president. Without a purpose, plan or objective, what do you need”

live-to-100Bel Kaufman, 101

“Laughter keeps you healthy. You can survive by seeing the humor in everything. Thumb your nose at sadness; turn the tables of tragedy. You can’t laugh and be angry, you can’t laugh and feel sad, you can’t laugh and feel envious.”

Gilbert Herrick, 100

“Take one day at a time and go along with the tide.”

So what do you think? Which pearls of wisdom will you be taking away from these inspirational teachers, for longevity and happiness 20, 50 or even 70 years from now?

Most of us are already aware of the biggest contributing factors of our longevity; diet, exercise, close community, and purpose… However, looking at the words of these 100+ pros, what other contributing factors would you say are important for a long and happy life?


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