According to research, the average lifespan of a human being is 79 years old.
But it has gotten lower as the years have passed. Different factors contribute to such a decrease in the life expectancy rate of humans—like genetics, diet, nutrition, lifestyle, climate, economic status, and crime rate, to name a few.
However, these three people beat the odds after living for a century!
Meet Cliff, Tereza, and John, the so-called champions of longevity.
Cliff, Tereza, and John are all British centenarians. Let us find out what are their secrets to live longer despite the brevity of life, and gain some valuable life lessons along the way.
First off is Clifford Crozier, born in 1915.
He is a war veteran who loves baking his own bread, and he spent most of his life in his hometown, Birkenhead.
According to Cliff, you should live with no regrets and do what you want.
As he says, opportunities can be lost in a blink of an eye, but regrets can last a lifetime. And you don’t want to live the rest of your life wallowing in remorse.
Next up is Amelia Tereza Harper, born in 1913, from London.
It’s clear she’s an amiable lady who loves shopping!
She stayed in Czechoslovakia, now separated into the Czech Republic and Slovakia when she was young (hence the unique spelling of her name Tereza).
For Tereza, her advice is to focus on happy memories.
We all had our fair share of drama in our lives but what matters most are the good memories that make you want to relive them over and over again. Whether it made you smile, laugh, feel butterflies in your stomach, cherish it.
And last but definitely not the least is John Millington Denerley, born in 1914, from Eastbourne.
He is a retired member of the Royal Air Force who spent five years in the war.
For John, life is an adventure—it’s just a matter of perspective in life.
As long you keep accentuating the positive, you can deal with whatever life throws at you.
After the centenarian trio talked a bit about their personal lives, they shared how they don’t feel necessarily old.
Except with their limitations, they still feel strong and capable to do many things. One factor is eating healthily and consciously.
The principle about conscious eating is far more than what you eat.
It is about choosing the food that supports and sustains life, longevity and good health. In addition to that, what you eat should prevent you from experiencing illnesses and alleviating their symptoms, should they occur.
They imparted lessons about losing loved ones, parental advice, and being independent as well.
Even though you’ve lost some people that you love, the memories you shared with them linger.
Losing them is painful yet you get healed over time. Life goes on for you, you will move on eventually.
Also, learn to communicate well with your parents!
Take their advice or at least consider it. You don’t always have to follow it but certainly don’t throw it out of the window. It’s because they only want what they think is the best of us.
Finally, be as independent as you can but don’t hesitate to ask for help if you think you need it. As the saying goes, no man is an island.
They lived a long and happy life. Serenity is evident on their faces, the way they smile and look afar when they start to reminisce.
They lived to their heart’s content!
Their lives are a great inspiration to everyone. If you want to know more about them and how to live a hundred years, check out this video.
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