Woman Celebrates Her 107th Birthday, Says Her Secret To Longevity Is Never Getting Married

Never before in history has there been a time with so many people living to be over 100 years old. As the quality of life rises, we have more and more pensioners reaching even further beyond 100. On Wednesday, Louise Jean Signore celebrated her 107th birthday!

The woman living in the Bronx in New York attributes her long life to a peculiar reason, one you wouldn’t necessarily expect to hear. No, it’s not just eating healthy or having lots of close friends. According to Louise Jean, her secret is staying single. She told the media: “I think the secret of 107: I never got married. I think that’s the secret. My sister says, ‘I wish I never got married.’

Jean Louise Signore had over 100 guests at her birthday celebration

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Louise Jean’s sister is almost as old as she is — she is 102. So, naturally, a lot of Internet users were wondering just how much genetics had to do with the two women’s longevity.

Fortunately for us, Louise Jean also had some other handy tips to staying healthy and living longer. “Italian food. Italian food is very good for you. I was brought up with very good food. No soda, no cake,” she revealed to the media, also stating that she stays active in the Bartow Community Center in Coop City where she currently lives. “If they have exercise, I do the exercise. If they have dancing, I dance. I still do a little dancing. After my lunch, I will play bingo, so I had a full day.”

The 107-year-old still stays active and eats well (Italian food, no sugary things like cake or soda)

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Louise Jean had over 100 people at her 107th birthday party, and I’m sure that we’re all just a bit jealous of how much love and attention she’s getting. Jealous in a good way.

However, the woman’s life hasn’t been without its challenges. She’s legally blind, recently beat pneumonia, and at 103, was assaulted and robbed. Louise Jean overcame these hurdles and kept on going.

Currently, the world’s oldest living woman in the US is Atelia Murphy, who is 114. She also lives in New York.

Jean Louise celebrated her 107th birthday. She says the secret to her long life may have been never getting married

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If you’re planning on living to 100 and even longer, then you might want some further tips on how best to live. The book ‘Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life’ by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles has just what you’re looking for. The book’s authors explain how the Japanese mentality of Ikigai (or passion) can greatly improve the quality of your life and turn you into a healthy, happy person.

García and Miralles explain how you should never retire but should stay busy. They also suggest slowing down and not rushing, eating only 80% of the food it would take to normally make you full, having an active social life, exercising, smiling lots, spending lots of time in nature, being grateful, and living in the present. Their final piece of advice? Following your Ikigai, your true passion. Try all of these tips and you might live just as long, if not longer, than Louise Jean.

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