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by Jay Reeves |

Lessons For Loving Life Until Age 118

If you want to live for 100-plus years, start spending more time on service work and helping others.

And eat more chocolate.

That formula worked for Sister André of France, who was the oldest person on the planet (according to Guinness World Records) at the time of her death in January at age 118.

A Catholic nun, Sister Andre spent most of her life caring for orphans and the elderly. She also enjoyed chocolate and a glass of wine every day.

The oldest person ever recorded was also a French woman who was born in 1875 and lived 122 years.

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5 Law Life Wellness Tips

Some lawyers have trouble coping with the stress and strain of practicing law. One way to start each day right is by counting your blessings before checking your phone.

“If you tend to wake up and grab your phone or laptop right away, take some time instead to practice gratitude,” according to this post from the Defense Research Institute. “Lawyers are especially prone to being hard on themselves, so include some positive affirmations as part of your practice to work toward improved mental health.”

Another pointer: update your calendar and prepare realistic to-do lists.

“This may seem like a chore instead of a wellness tip,” says the DRI. “But knowing your calendar will allow you to better manage your time and feel in control of your day. Once you see where you have some free time, you can also schedule in time to take a walk, listen to music, or relax in another way. It can be as simple as taking 30 minutes to do so today, and your future self will thank you.”

Here are five more lawyer wellness tips from the Defense Research Institute:

  1. Step away from the desk. Get fresh air and sunshine throughout the day.
  2. Volunteer some of your time. It feeds your soul and reenergizes your mind.
  3. Read a book. Preferably the kind with paper pages and no screen.
  4. Check in with family and friends. A quick call to a loved one can turn one’s day around.
  5. Go for a walk. As little as 20 minutes of exercise a day has been shown to have profoundly positive health benefits.

Read more wellness tips on the DRI Work Life Balance Resource Center.


SOURCES: Sister André: The world's oldest person dies at 118 | CNN

The world's oldest person is a French nun who enjoys chocolate and wine | CNN

Work Life Balance Resource Center

10 Wellness Tips for Lawyers | DRI


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About the Author

Jay Reeves

Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was Legal Editor at Lawyers Weekly and Risk Manager at Lawyers Mutual. He is the author of The Most Powerful Attorney in the World, a collection of short stories from a law life well-lived, which as the seasons pass becomes less about law and liability and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life's lasting luminescence.

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