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30 Precious Bits of Life Advice From 100-Year-Olds

30 Precious Bits of Life Advice From 100-Year-Olds

I have been doing a lot of traveling, trying to gain some new experiences and spark my creative juices in the process. Traveling offers you learning. Moreover, you tend to meet several people who you can learn from and inspire you with their life advice.

I have found great insights from intellectuals but these days I have decided to get closer to the experienced folks. Centenarians have been here for so long that they must have made some mistakes and important choices that have sustained them so far. At least they could share their humor and excitement with me. Truthfully, many older folks love being around us younger ones. I really wish many younger people tried to tilt their associations to such older ones because they do have so many relevant points of advice to offer.

How would you love to get some insights which I have been able to garner from different centenarians through my travels and many discussions. I wouldn’t say I didn’t eavesdrop to get some. Regardless of which way I gained this secret information, I think you could learn so much from these quotes. They will certainly help improve your life while you still have the chance to make a change.

On Career

1. “You cannot go too far without passion. Find something you are passionate about and pursue it.”

2. “You cannot achieve much when you are stuck. Unleash yourself. Learn a new skill. Unravel your environment and discover new terrains.”

3. “Seek freedom and opportunity rather than a job and security.”

4. “Invest or learn how to save. You never know what protection these things may provide to you.”

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5. “There should be no need to retire if you have pursued the right career. However, if it is necessary, do it after the age of 70.”

On Relationships

6. “Fall in love as much as you can. It is difficult to simply give up on it. How many other things are as formidable as love, that you can hold onto?”

7. “You should be proud of everything you fall in love with.”

8. “Your relationships are vital to who you will become. Learn to develop the right relationships.”

9. “You are going to meet a lot of people and some of them will be totally opposite to who you are. You cannot avoid everyone, so learn to be tolerant.”

10. “Marry for love. That is the only sensible thing that could keep two different people together.”

11. “Have a good wife, lots of friends, a good appetite, and be busy.”

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On Living

12. “Be yourself. You cannot make it through to my age living another person’s life.”

13. “Travel. I have been to a lot of places and it kept my mindset open to new adventures and experiences. Maybe this is why I do not have Alzheimer’s yet.”

14. “Laugh. There is no point in taking life too seriously!”

15. “Whatever life throws at you, respond to it, and never react to it.”

16. “Forgive yourself and everyone around you.”

17. “You should be religious or partake in something religiously.”

18. “Don’t be cheap.”

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19. “Take it easy. Many of my friends are gone because they just wanted it all too early.”

20. “People tend to mistake satisfaction for happiness and happiness for satisfaction. You may not be happy all the time, but you can learn to always be satisfied.”

21. “Believe in yourself. Such belief can propel you to unbelievable heights.”

22. “You can never underestimate the power of luck.”

23. “You can never believe how far you will go if you take steady and important steps.”

On Health

24. “A healthy lifestyle keeps you going. Your body should be your vehicle for success.”

25. “There is nothing that can be gained in worrying.”

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26. “Time has a way of healing every wound.”

27. “Be active. It keeps you alive. What is not used, rots away.”

28. “Don’t smoke, don’t drink, and don’t retire.”

29. “People don’t really value their body when they are young. When you are my age, you start understanding how important your body can be.”

30. “As you grow older, you will have more choices. However, you should consider them to be tests since you are expected to say “No” more often.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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