Columbus woman turning 100 credits optimism for long life

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus woman is celebrating a rare milestone – Mary Brooks is now 100 years old!

She spent her big day surrounded by family members who came to celebrate with her at the Muscogee Manor Nursing Home.

Brooks tells us a sunny outlook on life is her key to making it to the century mark.

"Act happy, put on a pretty dress with a beautiful sweet cake on it and just smile," Brooks said. "Smile, look happy, whether you're happy or not. Smile, look happy."

The birthday girl says she's led a happy life and feels like a queen today.

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