Secrets from the World’s Happiest Centenarians

By: Dr. Elizabeth Lopez

Published: July 20, 2019

Publisher: Leaders Press


This is exactly the kind of book I gravitate to, personal stories of amazing people. In fact, at our recent Veteran’s Day program, a female veteran was introduced. She was a veteran of the Coast Guard, flew planes and gave of her time and talents to our country. The jaw-dropper is that she is turning 105 on Thanksgiving Day. One hundred and four years old! She was frail and tiny but had a huge smile on her face as the crowd cheered and thanked her for her service. She was flanked by several family members and is well-loved. Her life mimics many of the others interviewed for this book…people who are hard workers and have a strong family connection.

Dr. Lopez has researched and interviewed several centenarians across the world to find out what common themes have helped them live into their hundreds. There are places in our world that have the most Centenarians including Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, Sardinia, Italy, Okinawa, Japan, Loma Linda, California, and Ikaria, Greece. What is similar about these places, the way of life, their diet, and their careers that have contributed to their longevity? Well, there are several factors and frankly, none of them surprised me.

Almost all of the Centenarians interviewed have a close connection to family and friends, seeing them on a daily basis. Their diets have consisted of rich fruits, vegetables, and rice grown locally, usually in their own gardens. They have all worked hard in those gardens and usually outside for many years of their life, oftentimes into their 80s. They also have a “let it go” philosophy. They don’t sweat the small stuff and let stress build-up. They don’t hold grudges and let anger control their lives. If you ask me, it sounds like a great way to live.

The author features several individuals, sharing their stories, personal life-lesson quotes, and fantastic photos of the interviewees. It’s a quick read and one that will leave you feeling happy and inspired to live your life like a Centenarian.

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