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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Sep 13, 2008

“May you live to be 100.”

That is a phrase that is shared during birthdays as a way to wish the celebrant a long and happy life.

As humans, we want to live as long as possible because we like it here and don’t want to miss any of the joy.

The 2009 edition of the Farmer’s Almanac gives sage advice on “How to Live To Be 100 or More.”

Besides our individualized genetic make-up which is a major player in the determination of longevity, people need to adapt to the following tips for a longer and happier life:

n Take it easy. Don’t get stressed and flustered.

n Use your brain. It is a good idea to challenge the brain with puzzles. Playing bridge and learning new things also stimulate the brain cells.

n Stay physically active.

n Get out of the house-or invite people into your home.

n Laugh a lot.

n Flirt. We were puzzled by this one as you may be as well. But the Old Farmer’s Almanac says, “A little harmless flirting doesn’t hurt. As the saying goes, there may be snow on the roof, but there’s still fire in the stove.”

n Stay trim.

n Enjoy sunshine sensibly.

It may interest you to know the oldest human to live was Jeanne Calment. She was 122 when she died in 1997.

Perhaps she was destined to live to such a ripe old age because the family genes ran on the long side. Calment took life easy as she never held a job.

The most interesting facts were she used olive oil, drank port wine and kept an active mind.

So if you wish to be a centenarian, you will be joining a growing segment of the population. In 2007 there were over 84,300 Americans who years on Earth numbered over 100.

Wonder what’s next?

Shall we live to be 1,000?