A few thousand years ago, King Solomon (#13 FCIR) of Israel wrote in a proverb, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones,” and actress Betty White, who turned 98 just last week, credits her long life to the same principle.  A #9 FCAR (like Solomon’s daddy, King David), Betty’s upbeat optimism is one reason she thinks she is still around.  “I know it sounds corny, but I try to see the funny side and the upside, not the downside. I get bored with people who complain about this or that. It’s such a waste of time.”  We think quite a few #9s could echo these thoughts!  Betty also jokes that her love of pets, hot dogs and vodka, have also contributed to her longevity.  “I’m a health nut. My favorite food is hot dogs with French fries. And my exercise: I have a two-story house and a very bad memory, so I’m up and down those stairs.” 

Betty has been in show business for more than 75 years, making generations laugh with “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Golden Girls” and “Hot in Cleveland.”  Although she has had plenty of grief in her life, she advises, “You can’t become a professional mourner. It doesn’t help you or others. Keep the person in your heart all the time. Replay the good times. Be grateful for the years you had.”  This is sound advice for anyone, particularly those who localize in the more “depression-prone” right hemisphere (the left hemisphere is more apt to block out negativity).

And how about her refreshing thoughts on feminism?  “I still like to see a man walking street-side, to protect the lady from traffic. I grew up with that, and I hate to see something like that get lost. I still like to see that a man opens the door. I like those touches of chivalry that are fast disappearing. If I sound old-fashioned, it’s because I’m as old as I am! But it’s just polite.”

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