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SuperCentenarians: A look at the longest living people in the world

Who are the longest living people living in the world?

A SuperCentenarian is someone who has reached the age of 110 or more; something achieved by only one in a thousand centenarians. Approximately one SuperCentenarian in fifteen lives to turn 114.

SuperCentenarians are found in different locations throughout the world.

About eight hundred SuperCentenarians have been documented in history, and this is no doubt a fraction of the number who have really lived; but the majority of the claims of this age do not have sufficient documentary support to be regarded as validated. This is slowly changing as birth registration has been standardized in more countries.

We want to feature this column on SuperCentenarians so that you as the reader can be inspired to expand your consciousness about what is possible in living your life and influencing your longevity! After the first person ran the four minute mile and broke the record- many people began to run it…

After looking thorough some of the research on SuperCentenarians, it is not just one diet, one exercise program or one lifestyle that these people practice. There is not just one place in the world that these people reside as you can see from the list above. What they do have in common however is the outlook that characterizes their life.

The SuperCentenarians seem to have strengths in their ability to cope more effectively with the losses and challenges of life. Many of them have lost not only their children but their grandchildren as well. The SuperCentenarians seem to share a philosophy of the importance of being actively involved with life in a way that defines their purpose in still being on the planet. They seem to also share a central core value of the importance that humor and laughter play in their perspective on life. It also appears from the portraits and interviews on the SuperCentenarians that they have a unique ability to flow with life in a way that is outside of the cultural tendency to clock off time in a linear fashion. The SuperCentenarians almost seem to live life in an "ageless perspective" of themselves. This detachment from a linear lifespan orientation may impact the strength and flow of their energy field in a desirable way that influences their longevity.

Some references seem to indicate in the literature that our longevity is hidden in our genes. However, if you read Dr. Bruce Lipton's new book, The Biology of Belief noted under our Featured Books section in this Issue, you might begin to question the limitless possibilities we may all have in influencing our gene expression through our beliefs, behaviors, experiences, and environments in which we interact. Dr. Lipton describes the molecular pathways through which all the cells of our body are affected by our thoughts.

The longest documented lifespan for any human being in history is the 122 years and 164 days of Jeanne Louise Calment from Arles, France. According to Wikipedia Jeanne Calment married her second cousin Fernand Calment in 1896, and survived her only child (Yvonne, who died in 1934) and only grandchild (who died in 1963 in a motorcycle accident).