We're just a few days from a whole new year, and for most of us that means a symbolic fresh beginning and maybe a goal or two. But for television icon Betty White, January 2022 means she'll officially have lived an entire century.
The beloved actress turns the big 1-0-0 on January 17, which seems utterly unbelievable given how timeless, not to mention spry and energetic the comedy legend is.
And in a recent interview with People magazine, White is giving away the secrets to her long and "amazing" life--just in time for us to make our New Year's resolutions.
So how did White make it all the way to the elusive three-digit milestone? White told People all it took was one simple thing: having been "born a cockeyed optimist. As she put it to the magazine:
"I got it from my mom, and that never changed. I always find the positive."
Characteristically, for someone as upbeat as she is, White told People she's grateful to have made it this far, despite the challenges old age may bring.
"I'm so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age. It's amazing."
White also revealed that her diet is key to her longevity... but not in the way you'd expect. If you think White must have been drinking kale smoothies and wheat-grass juice all these years, think again. Of her diet, White said:
"I try to avoid anything green. I think it's working."
Time for more Christmas cookies, then!
White certainly has much to be positive about as she reaches her milestone age. A true pioneer in the medium of television, White began her screen career in 1949 as co-host of variety show Hollywood on Television before going on to create, co-produce and star in her own sitcom Life With Elizabeth--a rare enough feat for a woman in the entertainment industry now, let alone in 1953.
Later, White went on to portray some of the most iconic characters in television history, including Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s, and perhaps most famously Rose Nylund on beloved 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls.
On Twitter, there was as always no shortage of love for White's upcoming milestone birthday.
May we all be so lucky to have her for another 100 years.