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Have you ever wondered about how a person can survive so long? Many people like to debate mysteries for longevity, typically putting a stop to smoking, alcohol, etc… but there is the unique reason you might have not ever thought about.
It all began in 2015, when Holiday Retirement, a provider of more than 300 senior living communities across the United States, conducted the research and produced the report, "100 Years of Wisdom: The Perspective of Centenarians."
When asked about what the reason for their long life was, though some said it was all about family, some others assured that living life to the fullest was the key. However, one of the most surprising answers came from a 109-year-old woman, named Jessie Gallan.
Born in 1906, Jessie was raised in Kintore, a town in, on a family farmhouse. She survived with her parents and six siblings altogether. Her life was unsophisticated and rural, sleeping in a cottage and living without restrictions.
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She went to school for a short while but then continued with finding a job in a farm kitchen. Following her first job, Jessie worked as a housemaid in the city as well. She worked in a well-off family, after which she moved onto working in the service industry.
Jessie finally moved into the Crosby House, which houses ill or unaccompanied seniors. Gillian Bennett, who works there said, "Jessie is a lovely woman. She has got her best friend here, Sarah Jane, and they are always together. She likes her music and likes her exercise class and is a very independent person. She is always walking about."
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Jessie passed away in March 2015, but she managed to provide a secret for her longevity before her death. "My secret to a long life has been staying away from men," Jessie noted. "They're just more trouble than they're worth."
Jessie also revealed a further secret to her vitality and said: "I like my porridge. I have all my life."
Jessie surely shared a thought-provoking theory to debate. Given the fact that more and more women fall frantically for the lack of good men, perhaps the wise thing to do is to let go of the idea of men, and let your prince find you. No one can definitely confirm Jessie's theory, but it is definitely an intriguing approach to consider.
Below are some of the pieces of advice from what thousands of years of collective experience have taught the remarkable people interviewed for the report:
On marriage: 29 percent say make a stronger effort to communicate.
On parenting: 21 percent advise more strictness and discipline for children.
On today’s youth: 79 percent applaud today’s youth; they seem smarter and sharper than when our centenarians were young.
On personal finances: 1 in 4 surveyed centenarians said they were not financially prepared to live as long as they have.
On habits for longevity: According to one centenarian, "Drinking all the good whiskey I could get and worked like the devil."
On the state of the country: Centenarians are most optimistic about the direction that education and science and technology are headed.
On life's regrets: In hindsight, 34 percent of centenarians said they would spend more time with loved ones.
On health and happiness at 100: Almost 80 percent of centenarians questioned feel that living in an independent senior living community contributed to their long life.