A Japanese physician reveals that the secret to living a long life is by not retiring. Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara passed away on July 18, but he lived an astounding 105 long years.
As a matter of fact, Dr. Hinohara was still treating patients and working up to 18 hours daily even months before his death, according to BusinessInsider. The Japanese physician believes that “life is about contribution” and this philosophy is what kept him working.
Dr. Hinohara’s goal-oriented mindset made him work way past Japan’s recommended retirement age at 65 years. With that said, the Japanese doctor advised people who want to live longer by saying, “Don’t retire. And if you must, retire much later than 65.”
Furthermore, Dr. Hinohara even came up with a guideline about living a long life. Among the long life secrets he shared was living an active lifestyle.
The doctor urged people to always take the stairs and to avoid becoming overweight. Dr. Hinohara’s diet consists of vegetables, 100 grams of lean meat, rice and fish. He also claims that he never gets hungry because he focuses on his work.
The Japanese physician himself advises people not to “blindly follow” what doctors tell them. What’s even more surprising is that Dr. Hinohara believes that “music and animal therapy can help more than most doctors imagine.”
On top of all that, Dr. Hinohara reveals that the secret of long life is also about having fun. “It’s best not to tire the body with too many rules such as lunchtime or bedtime,” Hinohara added.
The doctor reveals that “having fun” can also be applied as a means of relieving pain. Dr. Hinohara cites an example of how a child forgets the pain from a toothache when he or she begins playing a game. The Japanese Physician stresses the importance of having fun by saying, “Pain is mysterious, and having fun is the best way to forget it.”