Courtney Allan

Betty White turns 97! Here's her secret to a long life

 Betty White turns 97! Here's her secret to a long life

Six time Emmy award winner Betty White has nearly been around for an entire century. As the star has turned 97 recently, she shared with Parade her favourite memories and how she’s managed to live a long and happy life.

“I know it sounds corny, but I try to see the funny side and the upside, not the downside. I get bored with people who complain about this or that. It’s such a waste of time.” White revealed.

White’s life tips tend to focus on the positive side of life.

“Enjoy life,” she says. “Accentuate the positive, not the negative. It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, ‘Hey, that was great!’ It’s not hard to find great stuff if you look.”

As she’s had a lot of time to focus and reflect upon her life, there’s not a lot White tends to dwell on.

“I don’t have time to miss much,” she says, “because I’m still working.”

“I just love to work, so I’ll keep working until they stop asking.”

She also gave some straight-forward advice for the new-comers in the brutal world of show business.

“Do your work, learn your lines and come in prepared,” she says.

“Don’t think you can wing it, because you can’t. We’re in show business, which is fun, but take your business seriously, because it is a serious business.”

Speaking of show business, she’s not worried about the entertainment industry’s fate either as a new generation of funny men and women break through the ranks.

“I think the business is in pretty good shape; I don’t have to fix it.” She smiles. “I will, but I don’t have to.