The oldest person in our contemporary time with a verifiable age was Jeanne Calment of France. She has lived to be 122 years and 164 days old. Sarah Knauss, from Pennsylvania, lived to be 117 years old.
The current title holder for the world’s oldest living person is Besse Cooper of Georgia. She is the last living person who was born in 1896. She’s turning 116 in a couple of months.
Her secret is minding her own business and avoiding junk food (waltontribune.com).
While minding your own business perhaps prevents you from unnecessary stresses of life (why on earth would you have to worry about your neighbor’s affairs anyway?) and avoiding junk food is indisputably a wise way to staying healthy, here are three tips, I have discovered, to a long life – tested and proven for ages:
Secret #1: Eat a lot of pancit (noodles)! This is so true that I heard a story from a friend’s brother’s colleague’s neighbor of a man on the eve of his execution who ordered a plate of pancit. The guard asked him what’s so special about the noodles. He quipped “For long life!”
Secret #2: Okay, so tip #1 isn’t exactly science-proven, but “honoring your father and your mother” is. The Author of this knowledge even wrote the magic formula on a stone tablet many a centuries ago using the majestic fire and lightning. He says, honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long (Exodus 20:12).
Secret #3: This tip is a concoction of several ingredients into one. Love God, obey Him and keep His rules close to heart. In short, love+obey+remember. Got that? The end result is not only an elixir of life gushing from the inner fountain of youth in you but also a life lived exuberantly (Deuteronomy 30:16, The Message).
Remember these 3 tips and you will surely live an adventurous, exhilarating and most especially, a meaningful life.
Author’s note: Besse Cooper died on Dec. 4th, 2012 at the age of 116. The current title holder of the oldest living supercentenarian is Jiroemon Kimura, born Kinjiro Miyake April 19, 1897.