115-year-old woman credits being single (& raw eggs) for her long life

Feb 16, 2015 at 9:37 a.m. ET

The secret to living a long life is pretty much the one thing every person on the planet wants to have. It's elusive and denied to so many people. But for 115-year-old Emma Morano, she's pretty sure of what kept her living this long: raw eggs. And being single.

A profile in The New York Times proved that Morano is every bit as cool at 115 as she ever was at 25. She was born in 1899. Just let that sink in a moment. During World War II, under Mussolini, Morano, who has always lived in Italy, was older than I am now in my mid-30s. Just amazing.

Morano was married back in 1938, but she and her husband split and she never saw the need for another man. Oddly enough, another woman who lived to 109, Jessie Gallan of Scotland, says the same thing. She also credits "staying away from men" for her longevity.

What gives?

From what I have always understood, marriage is a life extender, not a killer. But maybe that's just for men. The truth is, for many women, marriage comes with chores and work and misery and a lack of independence. Why would someone want a long life if that's how it was going to be lived?

My answer? Make your marriage better than that. Work hard and have the kind of marriage that relaxes you. Come home to your spouse and know he has your back. That's a life extender if I ever saw one. As for Morano, she says, although plenty of men were interested in her after her marriage dissolved, she decided not to get involved. "I didn't want to be dominated by anyone," she said.

That's 115 years of living on her own terms. The raw eggs came as a suggestion from her doctor. She eats three a day. Pretty sure I'd rather be single. But look how long she's lived. The proof is in the pudding, right?

You just can't argue with that. Amazing.

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