How to Live to 100 Years Old, According to Centenarians
Our favorite advice of the lot: "Drink olive oil and a shot of Remy Martin each morning."
Life happens in the blink of an eye. Our days bleed into months, which somehow turn into years faster than we could have ever imagined, only remembered and marked by our unique life experiences including memorable vacations, birthdays, weddings, the birth of children, and smaller moments that mattered.
But what if you could stretch out those years just a little longer to add a few more memories to this life? According to a few centenarians and supercentenarians you can, simply by eating right and possibly drinking copious amounts of alcohol along the way.
According to a new infographic that compiled advice from 25 people 100 years old or older, the true secret to a longer life is enjoying it while it lasts.
“Age is in the mind,” 100-year-old actor Kirk Douglas shared. “I tell myself, I have to continue growing and functioning. That’s the only antidote for age.”
Exercising, going to church, and socializing with friends all made the list, but a few items were far less predictable, such as the advice offered by 101-year-old Dominic Miglino: "Drink olive oil and a shot of Remy Martin each morning."
“Keep a smile,” “work hard,” “sleep,” and “eat well” were also key tips from our respected elders. And while longevity scientifically has more to do with genetics than shots of Cognac at 7 a.m., we’d like to believe that their simple pieces of advice will at least put more life in our years if not more years in our life.
As Readers, the site that put together the graphic, noted, there were just over 53,000 centenarians living in the U.S. in 2010. This means you have a 0.017 percent chance of living to 100. Better make it count.
This story originally appeared on Travel + Leisure.