Betty White's secret for a long life is quite surprising

Betty White turns 96 on January 17!

Whether you're 20 or 80, chances are, you've got a crush on Betty White. The Hollywood icon has been stealing our hearts for decades, from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" to "Golden Girls" and "The Proposal," all the while making us laugh with her sarcastic and humorous take on life itself.

Well, she's still got it.

A reporter from Parade recently asked White about her secret to longevity, when the icon offered the most Betty White-answer possible. Vodka and hot dogs, were her response, "probably in that order!".

Where were these sage words when 2016's #SaveBettyWhite campaign frightened us all?

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circa 1955: Promotional studio portrait of American actor Betty White smiling and wearing a patterned dress with a heart-shaped brooch. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A headshot portrait of American actor Betty White wearing a veiled hat, circa 1955. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
BETTY WHITE -- Pictured: Actress Betty White at home c. 1954 -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BETTY WHITE -- Pictured: Actress Betty White at home c. 1954 -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE BETTY WHITE SHOW - 'Misc. Prints' - Airdate March 8, 1958. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BETTY WHITE
THE BETTY WHITE SHOW - 'Betty White Fashion Gallery' - Airdate March 1, 1958. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BETTY WHITE
DATE WITH THE ANGELS - 'Diane' - Airdate November 1, 1957. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BILL WILLIAMS;BETTY WHITE
DATE WITH THE ANGELS - 'Misc. Color' - Airdate September 22, 1957. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BETTY WHITE
DATE WITH THE ANGELS - 'Misc. Color' - Airdate September 22, 1957. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BETTY WHITE
DATE WITH THE ANGELS - Betty White & Bill Williams Sailing Date - Aired on September 6, 1957. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BETTY WHITE
DATE WITH THE ANGELS - 'Gallery- Betty White, Bill Williams' - Airdate June 1, 1957. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BILL WILLIAMS;BETTY WHITE
75TH ANNUAL TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE -- Pictured: Host Betty White -- (Photo by: Herb Ball/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 20: Portrait of Betty White. She is regular celebrity guest on the game show Password. Portraits and at CBS Radio microphone. Image dated June 20, 1967. New York, NY. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
BETTY WHITE -- Pictured: Actress Betty White -- Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
PASSWORD - Ludden At Home Layout - Shoot Date: February 14, 1972. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ALLEN LUDDEN WITH WIFE BETTY WHITE
PASSWORD - Ludden At Home Layout - Shoot Date: February 14, 1972. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ALLEN LUDDEN WITH WIFE BETTY WHITE
Betty White, US actress, smiling as she holds an Emmy Award, against a yellow background, USA, circa 1975. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Betty White and Ted Knight (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
MAMA'S FAMILY -- 'The Wedding: Part 1' Episode 3 -- Pictured: Betty White as Ellen Harper Jackson -- (Photo by: Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Rudy Behlmer and Betty White during Betty White - File Photos - 1984 in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 29: THE GOLDEN GIRLS - 9/14/85 - 9/14/92, 'The Golden Girls' is one of only three sitcoms in which all the main actors won at least one Emmy Award. Rue McClanahan (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, 1987); Estelle Getty (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, 1988); Bea Arthur (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, 1988) and Betty White (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, 1986), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Pasadena, Calif.: Betty White and Michael J. Fox pose with their Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor in a Comedy Series. White won for her role on the Golden Girls and Fox for his on Family Ties.
THE GOLDEN GIRLS -- 'Family Affair' Episode 7 -- Pictured: (l-r) Marilyn Jones as Bridget Nylund, Betty White as Rose Nylund, Scott Jacoby as Michael Zbornak (Photo by Alice S. Hall/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE GOLDEN GIRLS -- Season 4 -- Pictured: (clockwise from top left) Rue McClanahan as Blanche Devereaux, Bea Arthur as Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak, Betty White as Rose Nylund, Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
Actress Betty White attends Night of 100 Stars Gala on May 5, 1990 at the New York Hilton Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Betty White attends 'Under The Harvest Moon' Benefit for Tree People on October 6, 1990 at Coldwater Canyon, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 17: Betty White (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actress Betty White attends the opening of 'Sunset Bouldevard' on December 9, 1993 at the Shubert Theater in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1995: MAYBE THIS TIME-- Marie Osmond, Betty White and Ashley Johnson star as three generations of women confronting life and love together, while running a small cafe, in MAYBE THIS TIME, a new comedy series premiering this fall on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Bonnie Schiffman/ABC via Getty Images)
Actor Kirk Cameron and actress Betty White attending NBC Taping of Bob Hpe Show on September 16, 1989 at NBC Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 2: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actress Betty White arrives at the 'CBS At 75' celebration at the Hammerstein Ballroom November 2, 2003 in New York City. This special event commemorates CBS Network's 75th anniversary. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Betty White during The Golden Girls: Season 3 Signing at Barnes and Noble - November 22,2005 at Barnes and Noble - Chelsea in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3463 -- Pictured: Actress Betty White during the 'You Make the Call' segment on October 30, 2007 -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 25: UGLY BETTY - 'Bananas for Betty' - Henry reluctantly agrees to go on a double date with Betty and an unlikely couple -- Hilda and Gio. Meanwhile, Wilhelmina's attempt to change her image as the queen of mean fails miserably after she tangles with America's most beloved golden girl, on 'Ugly Betty,' THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Betty White appears as herself. (Photo by Dean Hendler/ABC via Getty Images)
Betty White during 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actress Betty White attends the Third Annual Jane Goodall Global Leadership Awards at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel on October 30, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Duffy-Marie Arnoult/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: Betty White appears on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 5: Actress Betty White (L) and Delilah (R) pose during the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards 2013 held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Getty Images)
TO TELL THE TRUTH - 'Episode 103' - To Tell The Truth Episode 103 Tuesday, June 21 (10:00 11:00 p.m. ET) With Mike Tyson joining the panel, we have a knock out line up of talent that includes a seven-time lottery winner and the woman who was the original voice of Siri. If theres time, we might even squeeze in a wedding to someone who has been married more than forty times.(Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) BETTY WHITE, MIKE TYSON
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 12: Actress Betty White speaks at Paley Honors in Hollywood: A Gala Celebrating Women in Television at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 12, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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On a more serious note, she advises to "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," the star maintained. Amen.

Happy birthday, Betty!

Related: Scroll through to see her chic style over the years:

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Betty nails the nautical-chic look here, on the Betty White & Bill Williams Sailing Date - aired in September, 1957. 

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Betty smiles as she holds her pink coat close to her body while hosting the Tournament of Roses Parade. It must have been chilly, and that adorable yellow headband wasn't helping to keep her warm!

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Betty is ravishing in this neon yellow suit at the Tournament of Roses Parade. We don't know about you, but think she totally outshined the roses that year!

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Taken in 1974, this picture is of Betty in her role on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." She's sporting the layered necklace look, and we love it!

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Gorgeous in gold, Betty attends the 12th Annual People's Choice Awards in 1986.

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Betty White and Mary Tyler Moore backstage after play performance of 'Sweet Sue' on February 3, 1987 at the Music Box Theatre in New York City.

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Betty guest-starred on The Ellen Show in an episode called "Missing the Bus," where she played a bus driver at Ellen's old elementary school. Here she poses with said bus, on which Ellen's character caused her to get her first traffic ticket for running a stop sign!

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'The Golden Girls' actresses Betty White, Beatrice Arthur and Rue McClanahan, winners of the 'Pop Culture' award, look lovely as they pose for a photo during the 6th annual 'TV Land Awards' on June 8, 2008.

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Betty White, wearing a bright turquoise hue (and embracing the sheer trend with those lace sleeves!), poses with her award in the Press Room at the 16th Annual SAG Awards on January 23, 2010.

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Betty appears on location for The Lifeline Program music video shoot, in which she teamed up with singer Luciana to remix the song "I'm Still Hot." (We agree, she is!)

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Betty looked absolutely lovely as she attended NBC's taping of 'Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl' on January 8, 2012.

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Named the Lifeline Program spokesperson, Betty hosts the 'White Hot' Holiday Event at The Los Angeles Zoo on December 11, 2012.

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Betty celebrates her birthday with Kathy Lee and Hoda on NBC's Today Show.

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Betty arrived on the red carpet for The 55th Annual Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in 2003, in gorgeous jewel-tones.

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Betty attends a Celebrity Roast Fundraiser for Animal Welfare. It was presented by Actors And Others For Animals in 2005, an organization she is still involved with today. She sits on the board along with actress Loretta Swit.

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Betty White, wearing a bright turquoise hue (and embracing the sheer trend with those lace sleeves!), poses with her award in the Press Room at the

Betty sparkles onstage at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards.

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Here, Betty holds a Smokey the Bear stuffed doll and wears a U.S. Forest Ranger hat after being named an honorary Forest Ranger at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on November 9, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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Betty appears on location for The Lifeline Program music video shoot, in which she teamed up with singer Luciana to remix the song

Betty White one of our favorite late night talk show hosts, Jimmy Fallon on November 28, 2011. Looks like they had a blast!

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Betty looked absolutely lovely as she attended NBC

Betty attends the Hooray for HollyWOOF fundraiser benefiting Dogs for The Deaf and Generation Rescue on August 4, 2012.

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Named the Lifeline Program spokesperson, Betty hosts the

Betty celebrates her birthday with Kathy Lee and Hoda on NBC

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