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Freyda's 18 tips for living a long life well

Posted by Leslie Anderson  August 20, 2009 09:30 AM

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Freyda Siegel of Needham recently celebrated her 100th birthday, but she doesn’t look, feel or act her age. The retired school counselor said she's exercised and eaten healthy foods throughout her life, but the true key to longevity “is, above all else, one’s mental attitude.”

So, in that spirit and at the request of a niece who would often seek her advice, Siegel wrote down her 18 tips for living a long life well:

Live in the present, not the past
Enjoy personal relationships
Respect every individual regardless of age, status, education, ability, or political affiliation
Stimulate your mind (reading, games, politics, sports)
Help other people
Eat well
Splurge once in a while
Exercise and get fresh air
Avoid perfectionism
Find the positive in situations
Don't waste energy on things you can't change
Avoid bearing grudges
Kvetch not
Be a good listener
Beware of giving unsolicited advice
Think creatively
Remain curious
Have fun!

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10 comments so far...
  1. Happy 100th Birthday, Freyda. You've offered some great tips. I hope many people will be inspired by your longevity and advice. Also hope you enjoy many more birthdays in good health. Godspeed.

    Posted by Americana August 20, 09 04:23 PM
  1. Sound advice. Thank you for sharing!

    Posted by Terminater5 August 20, 09 10:12 PM
  1. Good advice does not get any better than this.

    Posted by Habeascorpus August 20, 09 10:21 PM
  1. Sorry got lucky and have great genes. Happy Birthday. Enjoy.

    Posted by Dean Romano August 20, 09 10:55 PM
  1. She forgot

    1. Drink coffee
    2. Take Omega 3

    Congrats on the 100!

    Posted by JM August 21, 09 12:31 PM
  1. Mazal Tov! May you live another 100 years in health and happiness!! Who needs Prozac and shrinks - we've got FREYDA'S sage advice !! Thanks for brightening MY day!!! I think we all need an attitude readjustment now and then. Dean, you are such a spoil sport!!! You need to BELIEVE!!!

    Posted by Jedada August 21, 09 03:29 PM
  1. Freyda, Thank you for sharing. You have wisdom beyond your years!!

    Posted by Bob Kelleher August 22, 09 09:31 AM
  1. Freyda, I loved your list. I am printing it out and putting it on my fridge. A great reminder everyday! God bless you and may you continue to share your wisdom for years to come.

    Posted by Nancy August 22, 09 01:35 PM
  1. Happy 100th Birthday, Freyda ! May we all have such a positive attitude so that we can enjoy our lives as much as you have.

    Posted by Charlene August 22, 09 10:45 PM
  1. You are an inspiration! I will share your story and your tips with the other school counselors I work with.

    Posted by Judi, a PA School Counselor August 28, 09 03:59 PM