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14 Healthy Pieces of Advice From a 104-Year-Old Japanese Doctor

#8. Be inspired.

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Dr. Hinohara continues to find inspiration in the world to motivate him, such as Robert Browning’s poem “Abt Vogler,” which describes the beauty of music.

#9. Pain is mysterious.

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According to Dr. Hinohara, the best way to forget pain is to do something fun. At the Seiroka International Hospital, which he founded, they have animal and music therapies, as well as art classes to help patients manage their pain.

#10. Don’t be crazy about amassing material things.

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Despite his age, Dr. Hinohara has a fatalistic attitude towards life, and enjoys his possessions without being overly acquisitive. He knows can’t take anything with him when he goes.

#11. Science alone cannot cure or help people.

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Dr. Hinohara believes in the uniqueness of each individual person, with most diseases connected to the state of their hearts. Helping cure illness would involve the use of visual and liberal arts, not just medication and surgery.

#12. Life is unpredictable and filled with incidents. Don’t worry too much about it.

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In 1970, when he was 59 years old, his commuter flight from Tokyo to Fukuoka was hijacked by the Japanese Communist League-Red Army Faction. Dr. Hinohara spent a total of 4 days handcuffed to his seat with the rest of the other passengers under 40-degree heat, and was amazed at how his body slowed down to adapt to deprivation.

#13. Find a role model.

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Dr. Hinohara, who looks up to his own father, would often ask himself what his father would do when he finds himself facing a problem.

And finally…

#14. It’s wonderful to live long.

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Dr. Hinojara has used his longevity to continue serving society. He continues to volunteer, and still works 18 hours a day, seven days a week, enjoying every moment of his long life.

What about you?



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