If you want to live a long, healthy life, you wouldn’t want to miss what Japanese doctor Shigeaki Hinohara touted as the “secrets” to living a long life. The doctor would know, as he helped build the foundations of Japanese medicine, studied longevity and even lived to the ripe old age of 105.
Hinohara, who died on July 18, 2017, was the chairman emeritus of St. Luke’s International University and the honorary president of St. Luke’s International Hospital. In an interview with Judit Kawaguchi of Japan Times on the topic of longevity, he recommended several basic guidelines for longevity. One of them is to retire later in life.
Retire later in life
Since people are living much longer — especially in Japan, Dr. Hinohara claims they should be retiring later, as well. The doctor took his own advice to heart. Months before he died– even at the age of 105-years-old, Hinohara continued to treat patients. He kept an appointment book with space for 5 more years and worked up to 18 hours a day!
“He believed that life is all about contribution, so he had this amazing drive to help people, to wake up early in the morning and do something great for other people. This is what was driving him and what kept him living,” Kawaguchi told the BBC. “He always had today’s goals, tomorrow’s, and the next five years.”
Have more fun
Other guidelines recommended by Hinohara include worrying less about eating well or getting enough sleep and spending more time having fun. “All of us remember how as children, when we were having a good time, we often forgot to eat or sleep. I believe that we can keep that attitude as adults, too. It’s best not to tire the body with too many rules such as lunchtime and bedtime,” stated Hinohara.