Do what you love—not just to enjoy yourself, but possibly even to live longer. So says Herman "Hy" Goldman, who yesterday celebrated his 101st birthday not in a nursing home but surrounded by coworkers at Capitol Lighting in East Hanover, NJ, where he has been working for 73 years. Aside from a stint in the Army during World War II, he has been with the company since 1941, reports CBS New York. These days he spends four days a week repairing light fixtures in a workshop in the back.
Goldman even continued to work after losing his wife. "He was very devoted to his wife, who was a wonderful lady who also worked for us," co-owner Max Lebersfeld tells News 12 New Jersey. "She passed away, but he came back from that." Goldman, who in spite of his three-digit age still drives himself to work in his 1999 Ford Contour, says the work "gives me a reason to get up in the morning and go. ... To sit down and watch television all day, that's not going to help you." As to whether it gets boring, he says, "Each [repair job] is a challenge and that's it." (Check out what it feels like to be 100.)