109 year old woman, Jessie Gallan, claimed that avoiding men is the secret to living a long, carefree lifestyle.
Centenarian Jessie Gallan, who was believed to be the oldest women in Scotland in 2015, revealed that the secret to longevity was to avoid men at all costs, and instead, ensure that you prioritise a nice bowl of warm porridge every morning as opposed to marriage. Throughout her life, Gallan challenged pre-conceived assumptions that marriage was imperative and a key component to living a long and happy life, claiming: “my secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They’re more trouble than they’re worth.” She noted that she also “made sure that I got plenty of exercise, eat a nice warm bowl of porridge every morning and have never gotten married”.
The 109-year old, who invested a great deal of her time and energy into her career since being a teenager, was independent for her whole life. According to Gallan: “I worked hard and seldom would I ever take a holiday”. Her advice on marriage and men was strengthened by a national survey of cenetenarians in the US, where research showed that the secret to longevity was to spend a great deal of time with friends and family and to exercise regularly.
Unfortunately, Gallan passed in March 2015, but her legacy lives on. Check out this video to get a bit more insight in to where she’s coming from: