100 Pieces of Advice from 100-Year-Olds

When someone turns 100 years old, it makes the newspaper and they are inevitably asked for the secret to longevity and their advice to others. Some of that advice comes from years of wisdom; some comes from a great sense of humor. And I've heard that a sense of humor contributes to longevity, anyway, so DeAnna Kerley compiled advice from quite a few centenarians to make a list of 100 bits of wisdom. Here are some of my favorites:

6. “Fall in love, get married. Sex is to be encouraged.”

29. “Love people. Find something to like about the person—it’s there—because we’re all just people.”

36. “Don’t die too early.”

43. “I put my health down to whiskey and cigarettes. I only drink when I’m out, but my doctor said I wouldn’t be alive without them. I’m still alive, and I can lift my elbows—it’s great.”

51. “Don’t be crazy about amassing material things. Remember: you don’t know when your number is up, and you can’t take it with you to the next place.”

63. “Try not to eat anything that’s healthy. It’s true. I eat whatever I want. The secret to longevity is ice cream.”

76. “Take naps every day.”

Of course, there's a lot more that you might find even more helpful. Read the entire list at mental_floss.

(Image credit: Flickr user JJ Hall)


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