On March 5, 2014, Misao Okawa observed her 116th birthday. Acknowledged as the oldest person in the world today, Okawa, according to a news report from Daily Telegraph UK, attributed her longevity to good eating habits, 8-hours sleep each night and staying relaxed.
On the other hand, Professor Yasuyuki Gondo, a specialist in geriatric psychology suggested that “people with a strong will, are outgoing and have a sense of curiosity live longer.”
There is no such thing as a Fountain of Youth that prevents people from growing old. As conception begins life, old age leads towards death. Okawa’s testimony and Prof Gondo’s findings are worthy of attention for those wanting to prolong their lives.
The Bible shares a secret to longevity: “Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.” (Proverbs 16:31) To live a righteous life goes beyond eating habits, sleep, and relaxation; it surpasses being strong willed, outgoing and curious.
Righteousness comes at a level above the physical and emotional. It is one that is spiritual, that is, by following the example of Jesus Christ. St Luke wrote, “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.” (Luke 17:33) For in truth, selflessness is how Christ lived his life.
Selflessness does not mean that you should forget about yourself, rather, one must live healthy and morally, while at the same time, be caring and be of service to others. Have you not noticed that the more you attend to the needs of people, the more fulfilled your life is? While it is good to live a long life, it is better to live a meaningful one. The latter one is what we should aim for.