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The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study Paperback – February 28, 2012
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In this illuminating addition to the burgeoning bookshelf on longevity, UC-Riverside health researchers Friedman and Martin draw on an eight-decade-long Stanford University study of 1,500 people to find surprising lessons about who lives a long, healthy life and why. The authors learned, for example, that people don't die simply from working long hours or from stress, that marriage is no golden ticket to old age, and the happy-all-the-time types may peter out before the serious plodders. If there's a secret to old age, the authors find, it's living conscientiously and bringing forethought, planning, and perseverance to one's professional and personal life. Individual life stories show how different people find the right balance in different ways, depending on their personalities and social situations. Lively despite the huge volume of material from 80 years of study, and packed with eye-opening self-assessment tests, this book says there's no magic pill, but does offer a generous dose of hope: even if life deals you a less than perfect hand, you're not doomed to an early demise if you live with purpose and make connections with the people around you. (Mar.)
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"Provocative. An absorbing and invaluable read." — The Wall Street Journal
"I recommend you read the book." — Katherine Bouton, The New York Times
"A remarkable achievement with surprising conclusions." — Andrew Weil, M.D.
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So why publish it? The name Terman is what attracted me..Terman's gifted children.....I guess "qualified" I.Q. -wise but a generation later than his study...
I will finish it and see if any useful conclusions are drawn in the end..
(Later) I have now finished the book. It keeps repeating itself but comes to some obvious conclusions: people with a "right" attitude tend to live longest. i.e., everything in moderation, have a STRONG social network and work satisfaction, give back to society, etc.
Only surprise was that children who start formal schooling extra early tend not to live as long(!)
I would say the conclusions mirrored the general values of the early forties and fifties about "well-rounded" people in stable social situations.....nothing really new here...... a real prejudice toward divorce and lack of conformity. The long-lived people were always CONSCIENTIOUS, they say!!
In closing,"... people on these long-life paths reflect an active pursuit of goals, a deep satisfaction with life, and a strong sense of accomplishment."
WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED?