I just learned that Susannah Mushatt Jones, the world’s oldest person, died Thursday evening.  At 116 years old, she was the oldest person alive and the last American to be born in the 1800s!  Amazing! Jones seemed like such a lovely woman.

Here’s some quick lessons and notes I’ve gathered regarding her (very effective) way of living life…. 

  • Lots of SLEEP.  Jones apparently believed in lots of sleep  (10+ hours!)
  • Eat a habitual breakfast. Jones loved a good breakfast: eggs,  bacon  (4 slices) + grits.
  • Don’t be afraid of real animal fat.  Jones had a kitchen sign which read,  “Bacon makes everything better”.
  • No smoking ~ and even no drinking. This makes sense!
  • Love & adore kids. Jones “adored kids” according to her niece. She was called “T” by her several nieces and nephews.
  • Treat yourself to nice things! Jones, according to this TIME article, had a love for luxurious undergarments and would treat herself to nice, lace lingerie when she could…
  • Make LOVE a priority! Loving relationships & being surrounded by positivity energy was the key…
  • Work hard & give hard. Despite her humble salary of $50 a week, she put her first three nieces through college…She honored (and overshot) her commitment/goal that she would put the first-born girl in her family through college.
  • Faith in something bigger than you. “Miss Susie”,  as she was lovingly called, also attributed her longevity to a strong faith in God.



PS:  Miss Emma Morano of Italy is now the  oldest living person (at 116 years young) & the  last person born in the 1800s! Like Miss Susie above, Emma believes in lots of sleep and eats nearly the same thing everyday…

“For breakfast I eat biscuits with milk or water…Then during the day I eat two eggs — one raw and one cooked — just like the doctor recommended when I was 20 years old. For lunch I’ll eat pasta and minced meat then for dinner, I’ll have just a glass of milk.” – Emma Morano (Oldest Living Person) 

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