Enjoy These Pearls Of Centenarian Wisdom

Enjoy These Pearls Of Centenarian Wisdom
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Even with modern medicine, many of us would be lucky to live to 100. Sure, you can improve your chances by living a hermit’s life, but that wouldn’t make for an interesting journey, would it? If you’re keen to make it to the century mark, while still having fun, then it’s probably best to get the advice of those that have reached this lofty milestone.

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MentalFloss’s DeAnna Kerley scoured the internet for nuggets of wisdom from centenarians and came up with a list containing 100 such life-sustaining tips.

Some are genuinely useful and even poignant:

“Travel while you’re young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.”

“Even if you feel hatred, keep it to yourself. Don’t hurt other people for any reason”.

Others will make you question the point of a healthy lifestyle:

“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.”

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

And then there are ones that manage to give you a bit of everything:

“You have to be lucky, but I made the best of things when bad things happened. I also ate prunes every single day.”

Head over to Mental Floss for the full list, which as you might have guessed, isn’t entirely serious.

100 Pieces of Advice from 100-Year-Olds [Mental Floss]


  • The problem with the whiskey and cigarettes comment is selection bias. Dead consumers of whiskey and cigarettes are there to tell you their advice.

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