The Oldest Woman Ever (122) & 4 Tips on Living Happily Deep into Old Age.

Via David Romanelli
on Jul 28, 2011
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A few months ago, Claude Choules, the last surviving World War 1 veteran, passed away at the ripe age of 110.

That would qualify Choules as a supercentenarian (110 or older), one of an estimated 300–450 living supercentenarians in the world, though only about 90 are verified.

Even rarer is a super-super centenarian like Jeanne Calment, who passed away in 1997 at the age of 122 years and 164 days, the oldest human ever.

(See photo of Calment at her 121st birthday).

Imagine turning 90 and knowing you had another 32 years to go…

…it could be awfully depressing if your health was bad.

But wouldn’t it be nice to see your children grow old, your grandchildren mature, and your great grandchildren find their place in the world?

Are you interested?

A study* on supercentenarians found some qualities they have in common that you might find are very attainable:

Supercentenarians share a philosophy of the importance of being actively involved with life in a way that defines their purpose in still being on the planet.

Supercentenarians share a central core value of the importance that humor and laughter play in their perspective on life.

Supercentenarians have a unique ability to flow with life in a way that is outside of the cultural tendency to clock off time in a linear fashion.

Supercentenarians almost seem to live life in an “ageless perspective” of themselves. This detachment from a linear lifespan orientation may impact the strength and flow of their energy field in a desirable way that influences their longevity.


At any given moment, we can embrace the overarching supercentenarian philosophy… which can be summarized in one word: ATTITUDE

They live to the fullest, in spite of their hardships, embracing a joie de vivre.

Clause Chaules (see photo) swam in the ocean everyday until he was 100**.  Jeanne Calment ate almost 2 pounds of chocolate per week.***

What if it was truly that easy? As I share in my book Yeah Dave’s Guide to Livin the Moment, a beautiful, funny, and delicious moment each day…keeps the grim reaper away.

Or even more to the point, as Mark Twain said, “The fear of death follows from the fear of life.  A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”

by David Romanelli

*To read more on supercentenarians, visit here

**To read more on Claude Chaules, visit here

***To read more on Jeanne Calment, visit here


About David Romanelli

David "Yeah Dave" Romanelli has played a major role in pioneering the modernization of wellness in the United States. He believes wellness and feeling good is so much more than fancy yoga poses, green juice, and tight-fitting clothes. Dave launched his career fusing ancient wellness practices with modern passions like exotic chocolate, fine wine, and gourmet food by creating Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, and Yoga for Foodies.  His work has been featured in The Wall Street JournalFood + Wine, Newsweek and The New York Times; and his debut book, Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment reached #1 on the Amazon Self-Help Bestseller List. Dave's new book launches in Fall 2014 from Skyhorse Publishing. Check out his new show Yeah Dave! brought to you by Scripps Network, the people behind The Food Network, Travel Channel, HGTV, and more.  He is a current contributor to Health Magazine, Yoga Journal, and various other publications. Discover more about his journey on


7 Responses to “The Oldest Woman Ever (122) & 4 Tips on Living Happily Deep into Old Age.”

  1. Sarah says:

    Correction for ya, Dave:

    "she used to eat more than two pounds of chocolate a WEEK".

    Still beautiful that you can eat lots of chocolate and still live a long life! Thanks for sharing!

  2. David says:

    Sarah…you're right! i made the correction. thank you for bringing that to my attention (:

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    Inspirational Advice from the Elders!

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