Sakari Momoi, the oldest man in the world, was born in 1903 and turns 112 this week on February 5. He can't point to a specific reason as to why he's lived so long other than he wakes up early and eats well. Keeping it simple.
Mamie Rearden, the 114-year-old who was the oldest living American citizen until her death in 2013, believed kindness was the answer to living long and well. In 2011, she told a local newspaper: "Always treat others as you want to be treated. Tend to your own business and live a good, clean life and the Lord will bless you."
American Alexander Imich was the oldest man in the world before he died in his New York home in June of 2014. He attributed his long life to the one thing that causes some of the most stress in an adult's life, he never had kids.
Jiroemon Kimura of Kyoto, Japan was the oldest man to ever live, and reached the age of 116. Kimura told reporters that the key to long life is to form few attachments, eliminate preferences, and to just go with the flow in the face of adversity. He also practiced gratitude and cheerfulness and approached every single day with a positive outlook.
Jeanne Calment is the only person to ever see the age of 122. In the whole span of her life, Calment never once fell ill or saw a doctor. She smoked cigarettes, ate candy, and basically did whatever she wanted until her death, despite her doctors begging her not to.
Leila Denmark was one of the first female pediatricians to practice in the world and was the oldest working doctor upon her retirement at the age of 103. She managed to live 11 more years after her retirement by drinking only water, cutting refined sugars from her diet, and including a protein and two vegetables with every meal. The doctor even refused cake on all 114 of her birthdays.
Misao Okawa, the world's oldest woman and person at 116 years old, says that sushi and sleep are her secret weapons to a long-lived life. Okawa, who was born in 1898, says her all time favorite meal (and she's obviously had a lot) is sushi, particularly mackerel on vinegar-steamed rice. She also sleeps at least eight hours a night, naps often, and has learned to relax in her old age.
Alright, if you weren't born Japanese, this one is a little tough for you to accomplish, but you can certainly learn from their diet. With less red meat and dairy, this is the reason many people believe that the Japanese have the longest life expectancy in the world. Centenarian Hideko Arima is one of those people.(via Allday)