Oh, to live to a hundred and to enjoy every single year of your long life! 104-year-old Dr.Shigeaki Hinohara is Japan’s oldest practicing clinician and educator who was born in 1911, just before the first World War.
The founder of the “New Elderly Movement” and the author of 150 books, including the best-seller “Living Long, Living Good”, which sold 1.2 million copies, Dr. Hinohara has 14 valuable pieces of advice to live a long, healthy, and happy life:
1. Energy comes from positivity and happiness
You won’t have more energy if you sleep all day long. Instead, be like the children, enjoy your time and have a lot of fun. This will provide energy and you won’t crave for food.
2. Do not believe everything your doctor recommends
Explore by yourself, and do not rely on the advice of your doctors without being completely sure their proposal is the best solution.
3. Be fit
Every morning, he has a tablespoon of olive oil, orange juice, and coffee for breakfast, cookies, and milk for lunch and rice, fish and vegetables for dinner. Twice a week, he eats 100g of lean meat.
4. Science alone cannot cure people
Dr. Hinohara believes every human being is a unique individual and maintains that liberal and visual arts can cure all illnesses.
5. Plan ahead
You need to have a busy schedule and plan all your next events, appointments, tasks, in life if you want to be successful. Dr. Hinohara is planning to attend the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
6. Pain is mysterious
To soothe pain, do something fun, like listening to music or play with the pets.
7. Be inspired
To be motivated and look forward, find an inspiration in life.
8. Enjoy life
He enjoys every single minute in life, he works 18h daily, every single day, he serves society, and he volunteers.
9. Take the stairs and always carry your own stuff
This doctor still uses the stairs, and climbs two steps at a time!
10. Life is unpredictable and full of incidents, so stop worrying so much
The doctor was hijacked by the communist Red Army at the age of 59, and he spent 4 days under 40-degree heat and handcuffed to his seat. He still wonders how was his body able to slow down in order to adapt to the deprivation.
11. Share your knowledge
Every year, Dr. Hinohara gives 150 lectures in schools, business communities etc. and retells his own story, advises people, and speaks about peace and war. During most time of his lectures, he is standing up( 90minutes).
12. Do not be crazy for money
Material things are useful until they satisfy our daily needs, but when we leave this world, we take nothing of the material with us.
13. Find a role model
You need to have a role model in life. For Dr. Hinohara, this was his father, and whenever he faces some difficulty, he asks himself what his father would.
14. You do not have to retire
You do not need to retire if you love your work and are in the needed shape.
These 14 pieces of advice are quite unique and interesting, aren’t they?
Start following them today, and your life and health will improve very soon!