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01/20/2015 06:59 pm ET

Elders Around The World Share The One Piece Of Advice They'd Give Younger People

The best advice really is the simplest -- and who better to dish it out than the people who have seen and lived through it all. YouTube personality Freddy Ligaard "Fairhair" set out to ask elders across the world what's the one piece of advice they'd dole out to younger people, knowing what they know now. Fairhair and his team interviewed countless seniors, with what they estimate to be a total of 3,500 collective years of life experience, asking "If you could say one thing to the younger people out there, what would that be?"

Wise words came from elders in countries around the world including the U.S., Brazil, China, Norway and South Korea. While they speak many languages and offer advice on many topics, the underlying message is strikingly similar: life shouldn't be taken too seriously.

"Life is shorter than you think. The older you get, the faster it goes," said one man. "Slow down," said another.

Ligaard, 24, said he got the idea because he likes talking to older people. "I've liked listening to old people. Sometimes I fall out, but when they're talking about life, I tune in. They are most qualified for it. They have lived the longest. They have [the] most life experience," he said in an email to The Huffington Post.

The video is fast gaining popularity on YouTube, with around 150,000 views in less than a week.

"Some viewers think it's not something new from what they've heard. And it isn't, I agree. It's so simple. But I think once someone really sees it for him or herself, it'll not sound like old news anymore," he said.

Watch the video above and let us know your thoughts in comments below.

Check out more of Freddy's videos on his Youtube channel.

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