Shigeaki Hinohara is a 104-year old Japanese doctor, and he gives advice how to live 100 years and enjoy every single year of your life.
He is the oldest Japanese clinician and educator and he was born in 1911. He also wrote 150 books, including the best-seller “Living long, Living good”, and he is the founder of the New Elderly Movement. In this article, we are going to talk about the most valuable pieces of advice that will help you live a healthy, happy and long life.
- Always carry your own stuff and take the stairs
Dr. Hinohara firmly believes that people need to take the stairs, instead of taking the elevator. This way you are physically more active, which is good for your body.
- Do not believe everything your doctors says or recommends
Read, explore and educate yourself. This way, you will not have to believe in every single thing that your doctor says.
- Share the things that you know
Dr. Hinohara gives around 150 lectures every year in business gatherings, schools, universities etc. He often shares lessons on peace and war. Also, he performs most of his 90-minute lessons standing up. That is impressive for a 104-year-old man.
- You don’t have to retire
If you simply love what you do, you do not have to retire.
- Always plan ahead
If you want to enjoy your life better, you have to have a schedule that is filled with different lectures and appointments. Dr. Hinohara is planning to attend the 2020 Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo.
- Do not be overweight
This 104-year-old doctor consumes one tablespoon of olive oil, coffee and orange juice for breakfast. Milk and cookies for lunch and then fish, vegetables and rice for dinner. He also consumes 100 grams of lean meat, twice a week.
- Energy does not come from eating well or sleeping a lot, it comes from the feeling that you have when you feel good
You will be more energetic and happy if you just eliminate the strict time-regulated rules. You need to be more like the children, always have fun, and sleep and eat when you feel that you need to.
- It is amazing to live long
He volunteers, serves society, works for 18 hours a day, and he also enjoys every single moment of his life.
- Find a role model
Dr. Hinohara found a role model in his father, and he always asks himself, what would his father do if he had faced a problem like this?
- Try not to worry too much, because life is unpredictable and full of incidents
The doctor was kidnapped by the communist Red Army when he was 59 years old. He spent four days on 40 degrees of heat and was handcuffed to his seat. He was amazed how his body slowed down so that it can adapt to deprivation.
- Science cannot cure or help people
He strongly believes that every illness can be cured with visual and liberal arts. He also believes that every single individual is unique, and not everything works for all people.
- Do not be greedy when it comes to money
He is an old man, and he realizes that even if he had all the money in the world, he will not be able to take it with him when he dies.
- Pain is mysterious
If you want to forget about the pain that you are feeling, you need to do something fun. The doctor found that animals and music can help you manage and get rid of the pain.
- Be inspired
You always need to be able to motivate yourself. He, for example, finds motivation in the poem “Abt Vogler” by Robert Browning.