Centenarians reveal secrets to long life

There are nearly 62,000 Americans who’ve reached 100, according to 2010 Census data. And while it’s no secret that living a healthy lifestyle — eat right, don’t smoke or drink, exercise, reduce stress, laugh often and have an active social life — leads to longevity, even the healthiest person isn’t 100% immune from chronic diseases. Still, it’s always inspiring to hear words of advice from those who live to be 100-plus years old.

A recent article from Huff/Post 50 talked to several centenarians about the secrets of their longevity. Below are some select quotes.

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. -Bel Kaufman, 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. -Anthony Mancinelli, 101

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. -Benjamin Goldfaden, 99

Have a good wife, two scotches a night, and be easy-going. -Samuel Ball, 102

I had a wonderful marriage for 61 years, was active and danced my whole life, but I believe my life is in Gods hands. -Anne Lomedico, 104

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 satised with what you’ve got. Be willing to share with your friends and those less fortunate. -Loretta Hodge, 102

You must keep active or you will just wither away. Always be involved in some activity. -Miriam Henson, 105

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