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The Oldest Person In The World Reveals Her Secrets To Longevity

The Oldest Person In The World Reveals Her Secrets To Longevity

Ever wonder about the secrets to living a long life? Well, the oldest individual in the world has something to say about this from her own past experiences. Let’s learn from her advice and wisdom.

Susannah Mushatt Jones was born in 1899 and currently is 116 years of age. She has shared some secrets that have helped her to be the oldest person now alive on Earth. These secrets can help all of us prolong our lives and be happier. This is truly magical and wonderful at the same time. I hope you gain some wisdom from her example. Here are her secrets to living a long and healthy life.

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Absolutely no smoking, partying, or drinking alcohol

She has not smoked and has stayed away from negative things like drugs, partying, and alcohol. Her respect for her body is one of the many reasons why she has lived such a long life.

Love the small things in life and make meaning of them

Susannah loves lace lingerie still tries new items whenever she has the opportunity to do so. A few years ago, doctors were stunned and shocked when they saw Susannah wearing a lace bra. She continues to love these small things that give her a great amount of joy.

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Give love and respect to others

Susannah truly is a wonderful woman. She had no qualms with spending her salary on people close to her. She sent her nieces to college while she provided scholarships for other Alabama students so they would not be prevented from attending college, as she was.

Giving herself to others and sacrificing herself is something she’s done throughout her life. This is a notable quality that can’t be taken away from her. Love and respect are sometimes forgotten or dismissed in a world of panic, frenzy, and hurry. However, remembering them can help you become more grounded. Always respect and cherish all that you have. Susannah holds these traits very closely to her heart and moulds herself according to them.

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Stick to a routine

Having a routine is an integral part of life. Loving your body, treating it like a temple, loving the small things, and loving others are priceless things — these are all parts of Susannah’s daily life and routine.

A routine gives us something to do and makes us look forward to things. A routine can seem boring, bleak, and dull, but if changed up here and there, it can be extremely beneficial to having a healthy mind, body, and soul.

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Stop complaining

Susannah never complains about the pain she has to go through and instead takes it with a grain of salt. She knows that as her age increases, so does pain and illness. Rather than complaining and nagging, she simply goes with the flow.

I know as individuals, we can find it hard not to complain. There are plenty of times when we may find ourselves ruminating over the negative and squashing or obliterating the positive. Let us learn from Susannah and her zeal for life. She truly is wonderful.

Eat fruit

Susannah loves eating her fair share of fruit, and this helps to maintain her body and keep it healthy and stable. Fruit is packed with energy and she loves her fruit, finding enjoyment in each sweet bite. She likes to stay healthy and eating fruit is one of the many factors that contributes to her overall healthiness.

There is so much to be learned from this woman and she is so inspirational. By following her example and leading healthy and full lives, perhaps we can all aspire to someday match her in age.

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Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

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My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

The Neural Knitwork Project

In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

The knitting and neural connection

The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

More mental health benefits from knitting

Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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“You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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“People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

The dopamine effect on our happiness

Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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“Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

Featured photo credit: DSC_0012/Mary-Frances Main via flickr.com

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