THE BLOG
07/27/2014 03:52 pm ET Updated Sep 26, 2014

Want to Live to 102? Here's How.

If you want to live to the ripe age of 102, just follow my grandmother's lead.

Gommy, my grandmother, made that milestone by leading a stress-free life.

My grandmother even managed to snag a boyfriend in his nineties in her final years. In their nursing home they drew their wheelchairs close and held hands.

How did Gommy live her life? She simply built her existence around this one-sentence philosophy: "If it's meant to be, it will be."

Gommy didn't fret, belabor, lament, ruminate or stew. And she certainly didn't regret.

My grandmother was ahead of her time. In the popular book, The Confidence Code, the authors discovered it's the fretting women do that undermines their confidence.

Gommy had confidence in herself and in her world, a deep faith that rendered her serene.

Some would argue that Gommy's healthy diet factored into her longevity. She didn't eat ham, pork or bacon -- except for the one time she inadvertently ate my ham and cheese quiche, and loved it. Naturally, I didn't have the heart (or courage) to tell her, so she went to her grave thinking ham had never passed her lips.

While Gommy's diet, no doubt, played into her good health, I'm convinced the best thing she had going for her was her tranquil philosophy.

If you want to live to 102, keep an eye on your inside chatter. If you find yourself mulling over something, or worse, arguing with yourself, snap out of it. Just tell yourself, "If it's meant to be, it will be."


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