2 Secrets to a Long Life as Told by the World's Oldest Living Person

Let's put the surveys, studies and scientific experiments aside for just a moment. Misao Okawa is the definition of living proof

If you’re looking for the answer to longevity, just follow the words of wisdom from Misao Okawa. The Japanese woman is not a doctor, scientist or professor. She also isn’t a nutritionist, holistic professional or fitness instructor. Mrs. Okawa will be turning 116 on Wednesday, making her the world’s oldest person.

So what does the mother of two — a 94-year-old son and 92-year-old daughter — grandmother of four and great-grandmother of six attribute her super-prolonged existence to? She claims it all comes down to the two S’s: sushi and sleep.

“She insists that her favorite meal is sushi, particularly mackerel on vinegar-steamed rice, and she has it at least once every month,” stated the head of the retirement home where Mrs. Okawa resides, as reported by Australia’s News.com. A widow since 1931, the happy and healthy lady—who only moved into a care facility in her 98th year—also makes sure to get eight hours of beauty sleep each night.

Being that Mrs. Okawa, who has lived through three centuries, seems to hold the key to one of life’s biggest mysteries, we’re hoping she could answer a few more life-altering questions for us. For example:

Why do bad things happen to good people, and vice versa?

How can we finally put an end to world terror and establish world peace?

And why does anyone care to keep up with the Kardashians — even for one minute?

While the oldest living person, as verified by Guinness World Records, may not solve these queries, we’re going to assume her family is paying attention and following in her footsteps. After all, her son is 94 and her daughter is 92. Perhaps Secret #3 to a long life should be…listen to your mother.

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