World's oldest man turns 114, reveals secrets to longevity: work hard, eat less, and be kind to one another
The oldest man in the world has celebrated his 114th birthday with a slice of cake and few pearls of wisdom.
Walter Breuning gave a short speech telling the guests at a small gathering on Tuesday what they all wanted to know - the secret of living a long life.
But for anybody who thinks you can have such a good innings without effort, they are in for a surprise.
Hard work, according to Mr Breuning, is the key to living a long time, and he should know. The pensioner held down a management job until he was 99, meaning he has spent longer working than some people have lived their whole lives.
His other advice was to watch what you eat, which has caused him to cut down to two meals a day.
He also tells those younger than him to be kind to others. ‘When you help someone else, you're actually helping yourself even more,’ he said.
Mr Breuning was born on September 21, 1896 in the rural town of Melrose in Minnesota. He moved to Great Falls, Montana in 1918, where he has stayed ever since. He worked for more than 50 years for the Great Northern Railway, saw some 20 U.S. Presidents come and go, lived in three centuries and survived two World Wars - although he served in neither because he not called up or was considered too old to fight, one of his few regrets.
World's oldest man marks 114th birthday in U.S.
Walter Breuning urged people to rely on their faith in a speech he delivered in Great Falls on his 114th birthday Tuesday. Breuning is verified by two groups as the world's oldest man.
"With all the hatred in this good world, let us be kind to one another," Breuning urged in a six-minute prepared speech.
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