The title seems very intriguing. And it should be because one of the person in this compiled list of 5 old people who share their secret to happiness and longevity says, the secret is to not get married! Surprising, but read on to know why.
People try a number of things to stay healthy and fit. Right from following complex diets to exercising daily. Specially in today’s world, there are a number of options, methodologies, and activities one could follow to keep their body healthy enough. However, amidst all these, the best way to know the secrets to a healthier life is to ask people who have experienced and lived longer.
In this article, we have compiled a list of people, most of them who have crossed a hundred years and still going strong, who share the secrets of their longevity. Some secrets and advices may sound surprising, like, “not getting married”, and some worthy enough to give a try.
Sakari Momoi is the oldest living man in the world. He recently celebrated his 112th birthday on February 5. Sakari Momoi says, “keep it simple”. He wakes up early and eats healthy food. Simple yet powerfully healthy enough to keep him going strong.
Emma Morano, at the age of 115 years, the oldest living person in Italy and Europe, says her secret to longevity is all about the diet.
During the day I eat two eggs – one raw and one cooked – just like the doctor recommended when I was 20 years old. For lunch I’ll eat pasta and minced meat then for dinner, I’ll have just a glass of milk.
David Murdock, the chairman of Dole Foods, the world’s largest marketer of fruits and vegetables, is on a diet that is mostly vegetarian since he was in his 60s. He eats approximately 20 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. That’s something you can take from him and form it as a habit.
Shigeaki Hinohara is one of the world’s longest-serving physicians. He says,
Energy comes from feeling good, not from eating well or sleeping a lot. We all remember how as children, when we were having fun, we often forgot to eat or sleep. I believe that we can keep that attitude as adults, too. It’s best not to tire the body with too many rules such as lunchtime and bedtime
Jessie Gallan, at the age of 109 years, is never married (that’s the secret), advises never to get married!! Her secret she shares, “my secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They’re just more trouble than they’re worth.” Well, men, that’s not a good sign.
Those were some of the advices and secrets to longevity old folks have to share with us, the younger generation. But that’s not just it. We researched through many interviews and articles and found that there are a few other ‘habits’ and ‘routines’ one could follow to stay healthy and perhaps live longer. Imagine growing a hundred years old. That’s something more than an achievement.
Advices that are Significantly Important
- Learn from your mistakes
- Embrace fear
- It’s the weak mind that gets bored. Find something that interests you
- Don’t look at the calendar. Just keep celebrating every day
- Sunday is for family
- Respect nature
- Make yourself walk
- Just go ahead and do your thing no matter what
- “I attribute my longevity to a great extent to walking, not being in the back of the car strapped down”
Give your body the energy it needs
Your body needs some foods to stay strong and healthy. Other foods, if eaten too often, contribute to many illnesses. Here are some guidelines:
- Eat 6-11 servings a day of breads or grains, like rice, pasta, tortillas, or cereal
- Eat 3-5 servings a day of vegetables, like carrots, cabbage, tomatoes, broccoli, or peas
- Eat 2-4 servings a day of fruits, like apples, peaches, mangos, bananas, or fruit juice
- Eat 2-3 servings a day of meat, fish, beans, eggs or nuts, for protein
- Eat 2-3 servings a day of dairy products like yogurt, cheese, or milk
- Cut down on alcohol, fatty foods such as butter, grease, or oil, and “junk food” like chips or candy
We change physiologically when we laugh. We stretch muscles throughout our face and body, our pulse and blood pressure go up, and we breathe faster, sending more oxygen to our tissues. People who believe in the benefits of laughter say it can be like a mild workout — and may offer some of the same advantages as a workout. It is said that the effects of laughter and exercise are very similar, combining laughter and movement, like waving your arms, is a great way to boost your heart rate.
Cut down on alcohol and avoid harmful drugs
Tobacco causes more health problems than any other drug, and is the most addictive and widely used. Cutting down or stopping the use of cigarettes, cigars, or chewing tobacco can save your health and save your money. Too much alcohol is definitely dangerous, causing liver damage, fetal alcohol syndrome, and accidents.
The tricky question is, how much is too much?
Random acts of kindness, like knitting a blanket to donate, baking a dessert for a neighbour, or buying someone a cup of coffee or tea can make you not only happier, but sharper. These random acts of kindness also activates the feel good hormone in the brain The feel-good hormones in the brain, such as oxytocin, get activated. That can account for almost a quarter more happiness in your life
Stay physically active
- Regular physical activity helps people:
- Live longer and feel better throughout their lives
- Be stronger and more flexible
- Build strong bones and fight osteoporosis
- Prevent depression
- Strengthen your ability to fight off illness
- Maintain a healthy body weight