Things constantly change, but the pieces of advice and wisdom to finding the right path to happiness will remain timeless.
A Redditor wanted to find words of wisdom about life from his 101-year-old grandmother. So he decided to let other people in the conversation and invited other Reddit users to throw some questions to her.
Here are some of her thought-provoking responses (all taken from fthflyer’s Reddit account):
1. What is one piece of advice you wish to pass down on someone in their twenties?
“Don’t ever give up. You are young and there will be hard times ahead. Don’t give up. Don’t ever.”
2.What is the greatest lesson that you have learned?
“Be honest. I’ve rarely lied. And when you are honest with people it comes back to you and they are honest with you. Its to much work keeping up with a lie, you don’t need the extra stress.”
3. Any advice on making it past 100?
“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.”
4. What is one experience you would recommend to absolutely everyone that they must do once in their lifetime?
“See as much of the world as you can!”
5. What is the secret in order to have a long life?
“Take naps every day.”
Give yourself enough rest. At the end of the day, you’ll realize that having enough sleep is better than having enough money.
Another lady, by the name of Bel Kaufman, an author, who’s also reached the 100 spoke before the students of Iona College and shared the ingredients for a blissful life. Her answer: humor and passion.
“[Humour is] a life force, a way of surviving the difficulties of living.”
“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. I don’t care what you’re passionate about: maybe saving Dixie cup covers. But if you do it passionately, you’re alive”
People should look outside of the box of pain and grief. They should not dwell on the gloomy side but should focus instead on those that hold happy memories. Appreciate even the littlest of all good things, and whatever your passion is, continue to live with it.
Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, 104, the author of Living Long, Living Good, shared some pieces of advice about living a good life.
“Don’t be crazy about amassing material things. Remember, you don’t know when your number is up, and you can’t take it with you to the next place.”
Don’t waste your time focusing on getting all the bucks just to buy those designer bags and perfumes. Make your life more meaningful by creating good memories.
“Pain is mysterious, and having fun is the best way to forget it.”
In life, experiencing pain is inevitable. Getting hurt is one way to learn. The best thing to do is to get a lesson or two from the experience and move on, and the best way to move on is to be with your friends and just have fun.
Hundred-year-old Elsa Bailey proved centenarians still have the energy to have fun by skiing in Colorado on her 100th birthday. She shared to ABC News some of the things she learned in her long life.
“If you’re positive, you can get through it okay. When you think negatively, you’re putting poison on your body. Just smile. They say laughter is the best medicine there is.”
“Be active. I do things my way, like skiing when I’m 100. Nobody else does that even if they have energy. And I try to eat pretty correctly, and get exercise and fresh air and sunshine.”
Be wherever your heart takes you. The kind of happiness you get when you let your heart take the lead is priceless.
Another centenarian shared the lessons she learned from everything she’s gone through.
“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.”
Travel. Conquer the highest mountains. Having regrets over the things you chose not to do when you could will kill you.
“The only thing constant is change, so you have to learn to embrace it.”
Don’t be afraid of change. Most of the time, there is nothing you can do to escape it, so deal with it with an open mind and use it to learn new things.
“You will one day realize you spent too much time worrying about nothing.”
“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.”
Know what you want to believe in and live with it. Living a life following a certain set of principles will help you avoid going astray.
“Don’t take life so seriously.”
Life is too short. Have fun!