With her 96th birthday in sight, Betty White reveals her surprising secret to a long life

Iconic actress Betty White is gearing up to celebrate her 96th birthday on Jan. 17, and she’s going to ring in the big occasion with a little help from two of her secret weapons.

In a recent interview, the “Golden Girl” attributed her long, healthy life to two very important things: vodka and hotdogs.

“Probably in that order,” she joked before giving some additional advice. “Enjoy life. 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.”

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STUDIO CITY, CA - JANUARY 16: Actress Betty White poses at the celebration of her 93rd birthday on the set of 'Hot in Cleveland' held at CBS Studios - Radford on January 16, 2015 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for TV Land)
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CULVER CITY, CA - MAY 09: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Betty White attends Betty White fashion shoot for The Lifeline Program at Smashbox Bigbox on May 9, 2012 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Brian To/Getty Images for The Lifeline Program)
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LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 2: Actress Betty White sits down with the hosts of THE TALK, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Betty White shown. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
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STUDIO CITY, CA - AUGUST 04: Actress Betty White attends the 'Hooray for HollyWOOF!' 35th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser for Dogs for the Deaf at The Sportsman's Lodge on August 4, 2012 in Studio City, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters.) Actresses Betty White and Ellen DeGeneres attend The 41st Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre LA Live on January 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Polk/Getty Images for The People's Choice Awards)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 19: Actress Betty White presents at the 57th Annual Writers Guild Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on February 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES - MARCH 2: Actress Betty White arrives at the premiere of her movie 'Bringing Down The House' on March 2, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 17: Betty White with Craig Ferguson on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON, scheduled to air Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 14: Actress Betty White attends the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's (GLAZA) 44th Annual Beastly Ball at Los Angeles Zoo on June 14, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama talks with acclaimed actress Betty White in the Oval Office of the White House June 11, 2012 in Washington, DC.
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The optimistic White has always carried a positive outlook on life with her, and she feels that outlook is still “pretty much the same” as it’s always been after more than nine decades on this Earth.

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

What does the six-time Emmy winner want for her special day this year? The same thing she asks for every time, apparently: Oscar-winning actor and director Robert Redford.

“But it never works,” White laughed. “I try every year.”

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