At 104 years of age, Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara is one of the oldest people in the world. The Japanese doctor had a pretty successful career as a physician and has written over 150 books on the secrets of longevity. Here are a few tips by Dr. Hinohara that will help you lead a healthy and happy life:
Stay in shape
By keeping your weight in check, you will be able to live longer. Dr. Hinohara takes a tablespoon of olive oil for breakfast along with orange juice and coffee. For lunch, he eats a few cookies and drinks a glass for milk, while eating veggies and fish for dinner. He also has 100 gr. of lean meat a few times a week. This helps him stay fit and maintain his weight.
Don’t believe your doctor!
Although a doctor himself, Hinohara says that you shouldn’t follow your doctor’s recommendations blindly. Do your own research before taking the medications they prescribe.
Science can’t heal people on its own
Dr. Hinohara believes that we’re all unique individuals and that science alone can’t cure everything.
Always plan ahead
If you plan ahead and fill up your schedule, you will live a successful and long life. Dr. Hinohara himself has booked a spot at the Tokyo Olympics which will be held in 2020.
Pain is a mystery
As Dr. Hinohara says, pills are not the perfect remedy for pain. He says that listening to your favorite music or playing with your pets can relieve the pain in your body just as efficiently.
Stay happy and positive
If you stay in bed all day long, you can’t expect your energy levels to go up. Stay active and positive, and your energy will always be at an optimal level.
Dr. Hinohara says firmly believes that inspiration can help us live a happy and long life.
Enjoy the small things
Dr. Hinohara knows how to enjoy the small things in life. He works for up to 18 hours a day and serves the community any time he can.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator
Dr. Hinohara always takes the stairs instead of the elevator as it helps him stay in shape.
Life is unpredictable, so stop worrying!
The doctor says that life is full of incidents, so we should really worry less. At the age of 59, he was kidnapped by the Red Army and held hostage in terrible conditions for 4 days, but he managed to survive even when tortured.
Share your knowledge
Every year, the doctor holds over 100 lectures in schools and institutions across Japan. He gives people advice on how to live a long and happy life, and he also encourages the crowd to stand up for his lectures (which last for 90 minutes) instead of sitting on a chair.
Money isn’t everything
As Dr. Hinohara says, chasing money is useless, as we can’t take our wealth with us when we leave this world.
Find a role model
Dr. Hinohara considers role models highly important. His role model is his father, and he always asks himself what would his father do in a certain situation.
If you love your work and you’re healthy, you should never retire.