Simple Words Of Wisdom From The World’s Oldest Person, Jeralean Talley

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A Detroit-area woman has captured a world record that’s been more than a century in the making.

Jeralean Talley, 116, of Inkster, Michigan took the top spot of world’s oldest living person after 116-year-old Arkansas resident Gertrude Weaver died earlier this month.

Talley was born May 23, 1899 in Georgia as recorded by the Gerontology Research Group. The researchers are tasked with tracking the world’s longest-living people.

It’s not surprising that Talley gained some wisdom over her 115 years. Here are some of her simple, but timeless, words to live by.

Follow the Golden Rule.

Talley has repeatedly given the advice that you should treat others how you want to be treated. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, that’s my way of living,” she told WJBK-TV last year.

Always have a sense of humor.

Talley apparently tried to drive just one time, and failed miserably, as she tells the Detroit Free Press. But telling the story of that failed attempt, complete with a few expletives, cracks her up — and us, too.

Keep active.

Talley went bowling until she was 104, and still has an annual fishing trip.

But don’t be afraid to occasionally indulge.

Talley is known for making headcheese, a jellied loaf made of various pig parts, and has a sweet tooth, according to Time.

Have strong beliefs.

Talley’s faith is a large part of her life, and she’ll be celebrating her birthday at her local church this weekend. When asked why she lives so long, she told the Free Press, “It’s all in the good Lord’s hands.”

Surround yourself with loved ones.

Talley was married for half a century. Now, she lives with her daughter and has great-great-grandchildren. One of her favorite activities is playing with her young great-great-grandson, according to the Free Press.

Be humble, and act wisely.

“I don’t have much education, but what little sense I got, I try to use it,” Talley told WJBK. There’s a powerful message in her modesty.

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