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Work, help others = long life

114 year old Walter Breuning, world's oldest man (Michael Albans / Fr35247 Ap)
114 year old Walter Breuning, world's oldest man (Michael Albans / Fr35247 Ap)

The world's oldest man died last week. At 114-years-old, Walter Breuning left this world, but offers a legacy of wisdom: embrace change - "all change is good," eat only two meals each day because "that's all you need," Breuning claimed.  He told people to "work as long as you can" since costs go up and that money is handy and finally "help others."

 The hardest lesson: to accept death. "We're going to die. Some people are scared of dying. Never be afraid to die. Because you're born to die," he said.

 While we live in a culture that seeks secrets to longevity, Breuning had a simple and successful philosophy: "Everybody says your mind is the most important thing about your body. Your mind and your body. You keep both busy, and by God you'll be here a long time," he said.

(AP file photo)




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