How to Live to Be 100

He died at 102. So, the death of the Rev. Dr. Henry H. Mitchell was announced in News & Notes[1], a newsletter I receive. His age was not a typo. He lived to 102 years of age. 

Amazed by his longevity, the title of a related article in the same newsletter caught my eye: “Five Traits Centenarians Share.” I was curious. Do some things help a person live to be 100? It’s not a guarantee but, according to this article, some habits may add years to our lives. Here are those potential life-extending habits. 

“1. Having a positive attitude or being a cup-half-full type of person.

“2. Remaining active, whether joining a chess club, engaging in volunteer efforts or part-time work. 

“3. Maintaining or building connections with friends and relatives to avoid isolation.

“4. Exercising regularly. 

“5. Maintaining a healthy diet, including lots of plant-based foods.”[2]

Each of these habits is affirmed in Scripture. Proverbs 27:3 reminds us that as a person thinks within him or herself, so is that person. Philippians 4:8 urges us to think about what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise. 

Ecclesiastes 11:6 warns us that because of idle hands, the house leaks, and 1 Thessalonians 5:14, cautions us to warn those who are idle and disruptive. Jesus’ high priority on loving our neighbors underscores the importance of building connections with friends and family.

Before the New Testament writer, Paul, wrote that godliness benefits us in this life and the next (1 Timothy 4:8), he wrote that physical training is also good. Surely the Bible telling us our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19) is a reminder to care for our bodies, and eating a healthy diet is an important way to do that. 

“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,” Proverbs 3:13 says. Proverbs 3:16 adds, regarding wisdom, “Long life is in her right hand.” 

Can we not conclude that to practice these five life-extending habits mentioned above is to be wise?

[1] News & Notes, Spring 2022, pp 4-5, a publication of MMBB Financial Services, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1700, New York, NY, 10115-0049, Norma Jean-Jacques, Communications Manager. 

[2] Ibid. 

Author: Randy J. Gauger

Follower of Jesus Christ, Mary's husband for 55 years, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, writer, preacher, ordained American Baptist Pastor, retired.

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