People that lived to 100 spill their secrets of longevity
June 24, 2014
Besse Cooper, 116
“Mind your own business and don’t eat junk food. Treat everyone the way you want to be treated, work hard and love what you do.”
Bel Kaufman, 101
Laughter keeps you healthy. You can survive by seeing the humor in everything. Thumb your nose at sadness; turn the tables on tragedy. You can’t laugh and be angry, you can’t laugh and feel sad, you can’t laugh and feel envious.
Anthony Mancinelli, 101
Do the right thing, don’t smoke, don’t drink, eat right and don’t overdo it. If you need a little extra help, take some vitamins. Going to work is what keeps me going.
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 my cameras to ﬁght injustice. Whenever I see a possibility of helping people who are in danger, I want to help them.
Dr. Laila Denmark, 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!
Bonita Zigrang, 108
Have a good appetite, lots of friends, and keep busy.
Benjamin Goldfaden, 100
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 with your family, they keep you thinking.
Samuel Ball, 102
Have a good wife, two scotches a night, and be easy-going.
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 have a cold–you will wake up ﬁne the next morning.
Ebby Halliday, 101
Don’t smoke, don’t drink, and don’t retire!
Gilbert Herrick, 100
Take one day at a time and go along with the tide.
Lillian Modell, 100
Keep busy! Do things that you’ve never done before.
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.
Jennie Cascone, 100
Be good, don’t complain, just get up and do. Keep on working, keep on going, and have a good time.
Murray Shusterman, 100
Get involved. You’ll ﬁnd pleasure and sometimes disappointment but there is a sense of achievement if you participate in a successful undertaking, whether it is organizational or professional. Work hard, it will pay off.
Loretta Hodge, 102
Whatever is hard, you make 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.
Miriam Henson, 105
You must keep active or you will just wither away. Always be involved in some activity.
Barbara Brody, 102
You have to make the best out of your life and have a good attitude.
Winifred Thomas, 101
When you live for God, talk to him, go to church, have nice people around you; that is the best medicine. God provides for you. Sometimes you don’t know when it is coming, but it is coming.