Louise Signore is literally the epitome of living your best life as she rang in her 107th birthday on Wednesday.
The centenarian held a lively celebration with over 100 friends and family at the JASA Bartow Senior Center in the Bronx where she resides, but it was the word of advice she gave on the secret to longevity that made her go viral.
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“I think the secret of 107: I never got married. I think that’s the secret. My sister says ‘I wish I never got married,’” Signore told CBS New York.
Signore was born in Harlem in 1912, but moved to the Bronx when she was 14. Her lively spirit seems to run in the family, as she is one of four siblings, three are still living today. Her younger sister turned 102 five months ago in March.
Signore still enjoys eating well (she said Italian food is also the key to her youthfulness), dancing on a regular basis and walks without a cane or a wheelchair.
“If they have exercise, I do the exercise. If they have dancing, I dance. I still a do a little dancing. After my lunch, I will play bingo, so I had a full day,” she told the outlet.
She also does not rely heavily on prescriptions and only takes a pill to combat her high blood pressure.
“I think that her connection with her neighbors in the community and also her friends here at the senior center help to keep her going,” said Aisha Parillon, who is JASA’s senior director of senior services.
And while Signore’s advice may seem harsh to some, it backs an earlier observation made by Paul Dolan, a professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics. In May Dolan spoke at the Hay Festival in Wales and cited references from his latest book, Happy Ever After, which said men oftentimes are the main parties who benefit from marriage.
“We do have some good longitudinal data following the same people over time, but I am going to do a massive disservice to that science and just say: if you’re a man, you should probably get married; if you’re a woman, don’t bother.”
According to Dolan, when men are married they “take less risks, you earn more money at work, and you live a little longer. She, on the other hand, has to put up with that, and dies sooner than if she never married. The healthiest and happiest population subgroup are women who never married or had children,” he said.
Clearly Signore is not alone in her thoughts!
Diddy Reveals He Should Have Married Kim Porter When She Was Alive & Black Women Let Him Have It
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Y’all keep retweeting that picture of diddy and kim like “know what you have before it’s gone” “he shoulda loved her while she was here” how is it y’all place to speak on that? I hope y’all don’t ever lose someone & have to mourn karma’s gonna come back for that ass— arrogant sae (@jasaeeeee) March 4, 2019
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I’m jih like over this Kim Porter and Diddy thing. I think it’s blowing me because it comes off as 1 of those “damn I didn’t realize what I had now it’s too late” situations and I literally never have sympathy for that no matter who it is— Lin Mamas. 🌹 (@Linnzo_) March 4, 2019
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It’s so much negativity and disrespectful comments under Diddy’s post about Kim... ridiculous.— Jay 🏁 (@Javien_rakwan) March 4, 2019
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She was probably the love of his life. But he didn’t pursue her like her should’ve and it was probably because she never really left. Diddy didn’t appreciate Kim like he should’ve while she was here cause he was never w/o her. Until he was without her.— elysee💎 (@ElyseDuh) March 4, 2019
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Diddy posted a pic of himself and Kim Porter with the “broken heart”! Fans was coming for him & all he could say was he played himself not marrying her & staying down the way she did for him. Now that she’s physically gone it hurts him more. Life to short to be bullshit’n y’all— TheDON👑 (@iammladon) March 4, 2019
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Diddy admitted he should’ve married Kim Porter and all the birds chirpin 🤧🙄— SuburbanDON (@_BIGJohnDon_) March 4, 2019
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Kim to passed away and now Diddy realizing that she was the one for him. Damn I know he’s filled with regret.— AALiYAH (@AaliyahTA_) March 4, 2019
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See diddy mourning Kim like.......you said she is your soulmate and you never appreciated her. Now she's gone and you are wishing...... this life eh— Jane K . A (@sleekjane02) March 4, 2019
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People taking shots at Diddy on line about Kim have no idea about their love. Kim was my friend. She had so much love for him as a friend and father. He was her life partner. Not her forever lover... but a forever love.— Jaime Primak (@JaimePrimak) March 4, 2019
Let him grieve. Pray for him or move along.
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