TITLE: The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study
AUTHOR NAME: Howard S. Friedman, Leslie R. Martin
AUTHOR CREDENTIALS: Howard S. Friedman is a Distinguished Professor at the University of California in Riverside. In 1999, he received the Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association; and in 2008, he was honored with the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science (APS), an international award and the most prestigious in his field of applied research.
Dr. Leslie R. Martin is a Professor of Psychology at La Sierra University, and Research Psychologist at UC Riverside. She graduated summa cum laude from the California State University and received her Ph.D. from the University of California in Riverside. She has received the Distinguished Researcher Award, and the Anderson Award for Excellence in Teaching, both at La Sierra University. In addition to her research on pathways to health and longevity, she studies physician-patient communication and its relationship to medical outcomes.
FORMAT: Paperback / 248 pages
PUBLISHER: Penguin Putnam Inc.
PUBLIFICATION: February 2012
(First published in 2011)
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SHORT SUMMARY: The Longevity Project is a project that studied people for eighty decades since their childhood. H. Friedman and L. Martin have with help of this study and by gathering new information found out the real and very much surprising secrets about what is critical for living a long and healthy life.
INTENDED AUDIENCE: This book is written for the general reader. It is interesting for persons who want to learn about what criteria make you live a longer and healthier life as well as for people who in general are interested in the human psychology.
MY PERSONAL RATING: (4,5 / 5)
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Summary of Content
In 1921, a Stanford University psychologist, Lewis Terman selected more than 1500 gifted boys and girls in order to follow them through life and find out more about intellectual leadership. The study lasted for eighty years. Dr. Terman collected information such as family composition, schooling, and activities. He even recorded things like how many books there were in their houses and how happy their parents were. He also took notice of their personalities – for example, if they were cheerful, careful, introverted or extroverted, prudent or vivid. Dr. Terman followed the children into their adulthood and continued the work on studying them. When he died in 1956 the project continued by others.
In 1990, Dr. Howard S. Friedman and his graduate student Leslie R. Martin were looking for material to do research about well-being and a longevity. They discovered that Dr. Termans study was the perfect source. Additional to this study they gathered much other information by doing an analysis of other similar studies and they also talked to experts in different kind of fields.
The discoveries of Dr. Friedman and L. Martin are surprising. Most people assume biology to be the most important factor in longevity. That is not at all the case: Dr. Friedman says
«Genes constitute about one-third of the factors leading to long life.
The other two-thirds have to do with lifestyles and chance.»
The main belief is that obsessing over the diet, how much we exercise, and avoiding stress are the keys to a long and healthy life. Yes, it certainly matters, but the crucial factors are more surprising. For example, it is not the most optimistic and cheerful persons who live the longest; retiring early is absolutely not a guarantee for a longer life and it is a myth that people who live a stressless life live longer.
This book also contains many questionnaires for you to help you to find your optimal way to health and be able to pursue a long life.
Listen to Leslie R. Martin and Howard S. Friedman
A short information about their surprising discoveries concerning health and longevity.
Do you want to know the secrets of a long and healthy life?
If yes, then I can highly recommend you read this book
to get a better and deeper understanding of what really matters
for having a healthy and long life.
You’ll learn about many more surprising discoveries.
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