104-year old Japanese Doctor – Shigeaki Hinohara gives advice on how to live for a hundred years and enjoy every single year of your life. The oldest Japanese educator and clinician was born in 1911. He is also an author of 150 books including the best-seller “Living Long, Living Good” and founder of the “New Elderly Movement”. Here are the most valuable pieces of advice of Dr. Hinohara that will help you live a full, happy, healthy and long life.
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  1. Take the stairs and always carry your own stuff

This represents one of the firm proponents of doctor Hinohara; he still takes two steps at a time when climbing the stairs.

  1. Do not believe everything your doctor recommends or says

Explore, read and educate yourself. You do not have to believe everything your doctor says. Get a second opinion and do your research so that you know which questions to ask.

  1. Share what you know

Dr. Hinohara gives 150 lectures on an annual basis in schools, business communities etc. He often shares lessons on war and peace. Do not forget that most of the 90-minute lessons he gives are done standing up.

4.You do not have to retire

If you love the work you do, you do not have to retire.

5.Plan ahead

If you want to enjoy your life better, you have to have a busy schedule full of different appointments, lectures, work, etc. Dr. Hinohara is planning to attend the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

  1. Don’t be overweight

Dr. Hinohara consumes a tbsp of olive oil, orange juice, and coffee for breakfast. Cookies and milk for lunch and rice, fish, and veggies for dinner. He consumes 100g of lean meat twice a week.

  1. Energy does not come from sleeping a lot or eating well, it comes from feeling good

You will be happier and more energetic if you eliminate strict time-regulated rules, be like children – have lots of fun until you feel sleepy or hungry.

  1. It is wonderful to live long

He continues serving society, he volunteers, works 18h per day, 7 days a week and he also enjoys every single moment of his life.

  1. Find a role model

The doctor usually asks himself what his father would do when he is faced with a challenging issue.

  1. Do not worry too much, life is unpredictable and full of incidents

The doctor was hijacked by the communist Red Army when he has 59 years old. He spent 4 days under 40-degree heat and handcuffed to his seat. He is also amazed at how his body slowed down to adapt to deprivation.

  1. Science alone cannot help or cure people

The doctor believes that every illness can be cured with liberal and visual arts. He also believes in the uniqueness of every single individual.

  1. Do not be crazy for money

The doctor is more than aware that he cannot take anything when he goes!

  1. Pain is mysterious

You have to do something fun if you want to forget about pain. The doctor found that music and animals can really help you to get rid of and manage your pain.

  1. Be inspired

You must find inspiration in the World in order to motivate yourself. He finds motivation in the poem “Abt Vogler” by Robert Browning.

This incredible Japanese doctor continued to work at St Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo way after he had turned 100. He died at the age of 105, but leaves a legacy of advice that he, himself lived!


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