09.12.2021

Life advice from 100+ year old seniors

If you’ve ever had a good old life-advice-chat with an elderly person, you know that they know what they’re doing. For the most part, anyway. Here is a collection of life advice from people who have lived for over 100 years. That’s nuts!

“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.”

“Don’t look at the calendar. Just keep celebrating every day.”

“Invest in quality pieces, they never go out of style.”

“Fall in love, get married. Sex is to be encouraged.”

“I make myself go out every day, even if it’s only to walk around the block. The key to staying young is to keep moving.”

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

“My inspiration is Robert Browning’s poem ‘Abt Vogler.’ My father used to read it to me. It encourages us to make big art, not small scribbles. It says to try to draw a circle so huge that there is no way we can finish it while we are alive. All we see is an arch; the rest is beyond our vision but it is there in the distance.”

“Don’t ever give up on love.”

“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.”

“Don’t compare. You’ll never be happy with your life. The grass is always greener.”

“Do one thing each day that is just for you.”

“Have a pet. Life gets lonely sometimes. Pets are reminders of how we’re all living things.”

“I’m not saying you have to practice one religion or another, or not practice one religion or another… I’m just saying that you should figure out what you believe in and live it completely.”

“Life is fun. It’s all up to the person. Be satisfied. You don’t have to be ‘happy’ all the time, you need to be satisfied.”

“If you’re positive you can get through it OK. When you think negatively, you’re putting poison on your body. Just smile. They say laughter is the best medicine there is.”

“Love people. Find something to like about the person – it’s there – because we’re all just people.”

“It’s wonderful to live long. Until one is 60 years old, it is easy to work for one’s family and to achieve one’s goals. But in our later years, we should strive to contribute to society. Since the age of 65, I have worked as a volunteer. I still put in 18 hours seven days a week and love every minute of it.”

Always listen to the other person. You’ll learn something. Try to sit back, because you will learn a lot more listening to others than telling them what you know.”

“When you laugh at yourself, you prevent others from laughing at you.”

“I think people have to be curious. They have to be interested in life outside their little aches and pains. They have to be excited about seeing new things, meeting new people, watching a new play – just passionate about life.”

“Be honest. I’ve rarely lied. And when you are honest with people, it comes back to you, and they are honest with you. It’s too much work keeping up with a lie. You don’t need the extra stress.”

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