Many people are looking for a way to live as long as they possibly can. The fear of death is one that haunts nearly every person. If you are looking to prolong your time here on this Earth, some advice has been handed to you.
These are the oldest living humans…and they have some secrets to share.
108-year-old Alice Herz-Sommer says the key to long life is positivity. She had a twin sister that died at age 70 because she was a pessimistic, crabby person.
2. Eat well and wake up early.
Sakari Momoi, the oldest man in the world, was born in 1903 and turns 112 this week on February 5. He can’t point to a specific reason as to why he’s lived so long other than he wakes up early and eats well. Keeping it simple.
3. Stay away from men.
At 109 years old, Jessie Gallan is Scotland’s oldest citizen. She credits avoiding men with her long life. She claims, “They are more trouble than they are worth.”
4. Be nice.
Mamie Rearden, the 114-year-old who was the oldest living American citizen until her death in 2013, believed kindness was the answer to living long and well. In 2011, she told a local newspaper: “Always treat others as you want to be treated. Tend to your own business and live a good, clean life and the Lord will bless you.”
5. Don’t have kids.
American Alexander Imich was the oldest man in the world before he died in his New York home in June of 2014. He attributed his long life to the one thing that causes some of the most stress in an adult’s life, he never had kids.
6. Go with the flow.
Jiroemon Kimura of Kyoto, Japan was the oldest man to ever live, and reached the age of 116. Kimura told reporters that the key to long life is to form few attachments, eliminate preferences, and to just go with the flow in the face of adversity. He also practiced gratitude and cheerfulness and approached every single day with a positive outlook.
7. Take your medicine.
Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez lived to be 112 and his advice was to eat a banana a day and have 6 antacids. Easy enough.
8. Treat yourself to everything.
Jeanne Calment is the only person to ever see the age of 122. In the whole span of her life, Calment never once fell ill or saw a doctor. She smoked cigarettes, ate candy, and basically did whatever she wanted until her death, despite her doctors begging her not to.
9. Don’t eat junk food.
In 2011, 116-year-old Besse Cooper was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person alive. Cooper said that she rarely ate junk food and minded her own business. Good advice.
10. Cut out the unnecessary.
Leila Denmark was one of the first female pediatricians to practice in the world and was the oldest working doctor upon her retirement at the age of 103. She managed to live 11 more years after her retirement by drinking only water, cutting refined sugars from her diet, and including a protein and two vegetables with every meal. The doctor even refused cake on all 114 of her birthdays.
11. Relax and eat sushi.
Misao Okawa, the world’s oldest woman and person at 116 years old, says that sushi and sleep are her secret weapons to a long-lived life. Okawa, who was born in 1898, says her all time favorite meal (and she’s obviously had a lot) is sushi, particularly mackerel on vinegar-steamed rice. She also sleeps at least eight hours a night, naps often, and has learned to relax in her old age.
12. Be Japanese.
Alright, if you weren’t born Japanese, this one is a little tough for you to accomplish, but you can certainly learn from their diet. With less red meat and dairy, this is the reason many people believe that the Japanese have the longest life expectancy in the world. Centenarian Hideko Arima is one of those people.
Follow these steps as well as you can, even if some of them contradict each other, and it’ll probably add some years onto your life.