10 Tips For a Healthy Life

Hy's 102 birthday

From left to right: Eric Lebersfeld, Max Lebersfeld, Ken Lebersfeld, Jason Lebersfeld, Hy Goldman, Adele Lebersfeld, Herman Lebersfeld

Living the “Hy” Life…. Herman “Hy” Goldman just turned 102 years young and is still shining bright! During last week’s festivities, we celebrated his life and 75 years with Capitol Lighting and reflected on the years past. Sharing with us, a quote he lives by:

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.  I rejoice in life for its own sake.  Life is no brief candle to me.  It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. – George Bernard Shaw

Whether by association to the torch and the carrying of light or a dedication to making lives brighter, these words dictate the work ethic of a man who continues to get up every morning with a destination and a purpose.

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Hy Goldman repairing a lighting fixture in the Capitol Lighting East Hanover showroom

Taking a trip down memory lane, Hy shared his insight for living a healthy life with us.

Hy’s 10 Tips for Living a Long Healthy Life

  1. Eat healthy:  So what does our 102-year-old employee eat and drink on a regular basis?  Some of Goldman’s staples include yogurt, coffee, canned fruit and cottage cheese.  He has never smoked and rarely drinks alcohol.
  2. Don’t rely too much on technology:  Goldman has never owned a computer or an “adding machine!”
  3. Keep your mind active: Keep reading and learning and share what you know with others, but don’t get upset if they don’t take your advice.
  4. Stick with a routine and go with the flow:  “I have to go with the flow to stay alive.”
  5. As far as being a religious person, Goldman says:  “Yes and no.  Maybe not so much religious, but I have faith and it guides my morals.”
  6. Keep in touch with family.  Goldman has six great-grandchildren.  His best piece of grandfatherly advice:  “Don’t envy anyone, be happy and content with what you have.”
  7. Be honest, humble, gracious and take responsibility for how you age:  “It is up to the individual how he ages.”
  8. Keep smiling and think optimistically: “Life is a privilege.”
  9. Be blessed with good genes.
  10. Find work you enjoy and never quit:  Keep using your brain, work with your own two hands and put your heart into your work.  Challenge yourself every day.

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