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The Oldest Living American Has Some Perfectly Simple Advice Worth Following {VIDEO}

Happy Birthday, Mother Talley!
Jeralean Talley is America's oldest living woman on record. And as she turns 115, we'd all do well to follow her example.
"Mother Talley," as she's sometimes called, celebrates her birthday Friday. Born in 1899, the supercentenarian has seen three centuries, and still seems to be going strong. According to the Associated Press, she's visiting the doctor Friday, but still feels healthy.
The Gerontology Research Group keeps a record of the validated longest-living people in the world. According to the GRG, Misao Okawa, who is 116 and lives in Japan, is the oldest living person. Talley is a close second.
Talley lives in Inkster, Mich. but was born Jeralean Kurtz in Montrose, Ga. She lived on a farm where she picked cotton and peanuts, according to Time. She moved to Michigan in 1935 and married her husband, Alfred Talley, in 1936. The two were together 52 years before he died.
It's not surprising that Talley gained some wisdom over her 115 years. Here are some of her simple, but timeless, words to live by.
Follow the Golden Rule.
Talley has repeatedly given the advice that you should treat others how you want to be treated. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, that's my way of living," she told WJBK-TV last year.
Always have a sense of humor.

Talley apparently tried to drive just one time, and failed miserably, as she tells the Detroit Free Press. But telling the story of that failed attempt, complete with a few expletives, cracks her up -- and us, too.

Keep active.
Talley went bowling until she was 104, and still has an annual fishing trip.
But don't be afraid to occasionally indulge.
Talley is known for making headcheese, a jellied loaf made of various pig parts, and has a sweet tooth, according to Time.
Have strong beliefs.
Talley's faith is a large part of her life, and she'll be celebrating her birthday at her local church this weekend. When asked why she lives so long, she told the Free Press, "It's all in the good Lord's hands."
Surround yourself with loved ones.
Talley was married for half a century. Now, she lives with her daughter and has great-great-grandchildren. One of her favorite activities is playing with her young great-great-grandson, according to the Free Press.
Be humble, and act wisely.
"I don't have much education, but what little sense I got, I try to use it," Talley told WJBK. There's a powerful message in her modesty.



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Comment by Big Woman on June 29, 2014 at 1:57pm
The wisdom of our elders, God Bless, Mother Talley!
Comment by Ramona Kearns on May 31, 2014 at 9:37pm

God Bless

Comment by jacqueline mingo on May 26, 2014 at 9:54am
May god bless ,and going to just like you in 62 years
Comment by P. Paul on May 25, 2014 at 8:39pm

Happy Birthday Mother Talley may God bless you and your love ones!

Comment by Ralph Johnson Jr on May 25, 2014 at 7:40pm

Happy Birthday Miss Tally..May you be forever young.....

Comment by Ann-Marie Bridgeman on May 25, 2014 at 1:15pm

Wow, great words of wisdom to live by. If everyone live by these great rules the world will be a better place to live in. Happy birthday and God bless.

Comment by M.E. on May 25, 2014 at 11:44am
Happy Birthday. Glory to God. May u continue to be an inspiration.
Comment by mika on May 25, 2014 at 11:04am
Aww god bless her
Comment by Ernestine on May 25, 2014 at 8:54am
Comment by Lisa on May 25, 2014 at 7:42am
God bless you to see many many more birthdays Ms. Talley

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