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The World’s Oldest People Share their Secrets to a Happy LifeWe often [hear] that a little tot of something strong in the evening is the key to [longevity], while others swear by nothing more than [fresh] air and hard work. But what is the [secret] to a long and happy life? We [canvass] the opinions of some of the world’s oldest people who were [delighted] to share their tips. , Who are the oldest people in the world?The oldest person ever to have [lived] (whose age has been [verified)] is Jeanne Calment (1875–1997) of France, who was 122 years old. The oldest man is Jiroemon Kimura (1897-2013) from Japan, who was 116. The oldest [person] to have lived in the UK is Charlotte Hughes (1877-1993), who lived to the [ripe] old age of 115. Currently, the world’s oldest living person is the 116-year-old Japanese woman Kane Tanaka. She was born on 2 January 1903. The secret to a long and happy life So, just what do these superhuman supercentenarians put their long and happy lives down to? , Gertrude Weaver of Arkansas lived to the ripe old age of 117 [fuelled] by the power of kindness. “Treat people [right] and be nice to other people the way you want them to be nice to you”. A simple [sentiment] from Gertrude, but something that’s all too often forgotten in the [busy] lives we lead today., Duranord Veillard, who died at the age of 111, said his secret to a long and happy life was [waking] up at 5:00am and doing 5 to 7 press-ups every day. On top of his workout routine, he also started every [morning] with a healthy breakfast of oatmeal, fruit and a [cup] of tea, and finished the day with fish and vegetables. As a [grandparent] to 12 and great-grandparent to 14, he was [clearly] doing something right!, Doctor Alexander Imich, a Polish [chemist] living in America, earned the title of the world’s oldest man in 2014 and lived to be 111. He attributed his long life to a healthy diet and abstaining from alcohol. However, since early childhood, he had also followed [practices] such as exercise, healthy diet, meditation and calorie [restriction]. He also took many different nutritional [supplements] over the years, which he constantly [modified] in line with the latest research., The therapeutic qualities of [knitting] have long been known. Australia’s Alfred Date, who died at the age of 110, spent a good [proportion] of his later years knitting mini sweaters for injured penguins. Yes, you read that right. Alfred’s knitting [talents] were so well known that two nurses from the Philip Island Penguin Foundation asked him to make sweaters to help [penguins] that had been affected by an oil spill. As if that’s not heart-warming enough, he also made [jumpers] for his human friends too., Scotland’s oldest person, Jessie Gallan, died at the age of 109 in 2015. She swore by a [warming] bowl of porridge for breakfast and smiling when she woke up every morning. However, more light-heartedly, she also bestowed the virtues of [avoiding] men at all costs. The social, active and [extremely] popular [resident] of a care home in Aberdeen, said: “My secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They’re just more [trouble] than they’re worth!”.

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