My mom turned 100 on April 1, no April Fool’s! We held a birthday bash for her this weekend in Ohio, where she lives with my brother and his family. It was quite a time, a grand and glorious reunion with lots of laughs, some tender tears of joy, sharing of stories, and a ton food, surpassed only by the number of hugs and kisses.
No one knows for certain why some people make it to be centenarians. I suppose it has lots to do with your family tree, healthy eating, exercise, and the lucky roll of the dice. I came across an article titled, “100 Ways to Live to be 100”. Some that topped the list were:
- Be Conscientious – in other words, approach life with a healthy balance. Good advice, but hard to do at times.
- Laugh – the Bible says, “Those who sit in the heavens, laugh” and it seem like those who have a love of laughter on earth seem to live longer.
- Go nuts- I found this a bit “nutty” at first, then I realized it was talking about eating nuts. Why, according to one piece of research, people who eat walnuts have a 39% lower risk of early death. Who knew?