06 Sep A 103-Year-Old Runner Shares Her Best Advice for Living a Long, Happy Life
via Inc.com by Betsy Mikel
Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins didn’t start running until a few years ago — when she was 100 years old. She broke a record at age 101, clocking the 100-meter dash in 39.62 seconds.
Now 103, Hawkins recently ran the 100-meter dash again in the National Senior Games. Though her time was a few seconds slower, she holds the title of the oldest woman to compete on an American track.
“I’m two years older, remember?” she told New York Times.
In an interview with the Times, Hawkins shared her advice for living a long and happy life.
Look for and savor magic moments
Hawkins says she keeps her eyes open for those stop-and-smell-the-roses moments. “Think of the things that are magic moments that happen to you, like sunsets and sunrises, rainbows, beautiful birds, music, and people’s lovely comments to you,” she says.
Those magic moments are free. But you’ll miss them if you don’t look out for them.
In Yale’s science-backed class on happiness, this exact exercise is one of the homework assignments. A student who practiced savoring these fleeting moments said it boosted his sense of awe in the world around him. It’s also why keeping a gratitude journal is good practice.
Keep your friendships strong
Almost every single day, Hawkins says she goes out to lunch with friends. Science regularly proves that having a strong social network is important to your overall well-being. A recent study found that a strong social circle was a better predictor of someone’s happiness and well-being than fitness tracker data…
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