Thursday, March 17, 2011
The Longevity Project by Howard S. Friedman, Ph.D. and Leslie R. Martin, Ph.D.
This is an eight-year study on longevity. What is fact, fiction, myth? You'd be surprised!
Here are just a few of the longevity myths busted in this book:
'You'll worry yourself sick': Worriers actually live longer; a healthy dose of concern about the future makes people more likely to be diligent about their translates into years.
'Look on the bright side' It turns out that overly-optimistic people tend to put themselves in harm's way -- they just don't see risks as clearly as people who are prone to caution/pessimism.
Do you resolve every year to exercise more? Vigorous exercise can be detrimental to longevity. If you're not a gym rat, don't sweat it -- partaking in physical activities that you enjoy like gardening or walking actually are more beneficial to your health than high-impact exercise.
'You'll work yourself to death': Hard workers actually live longer, even those with stressful jobs; being engaged and motivated keeps you alive.
Married people live longer: Those in happy marriages do often live longer, but those whose marriages end in divorce actually have shorter life spans.
Early education ensures higher level of achievement: Many children who are pushed into schooling before they're prepared actually do not excel academically. In fact, drop-out levels are often higher in children who are put into school too early.
This book is absolutely fascinating! It will make you think and it really does make sense. Social support, marriage, health, careers, how you think. Written in an engaging way on a person-to-person level, The Longevity Project is very easy to read and understand. It's not one of those self-help books, but it will change the way you think about a few things, and perhaps think about somethings before you do them. Who lives longest? Read the book! There are also tests through-out the book for the reader as you go along so you can see where you rate. Really terrific!
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Howard S. Friedman, Ph.D., author of The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study, graduated from Yale and was awarded the National Science Foundation graduate fellowship for his doctoral work at Harvard. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and has been honored with major awards by the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.
Dr. Friedman has edited and written a dozen books and 150 scientific articles and has been named a "most-cited psychologist" by the Institute of Scientific Information. His health and longevity research has been featured in publications worldwide. He lives near San Diego, California
Leslie R. Martin, Ph.D., co-author of The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study, graduated summa cum laude from California State University, San Bernadino, and received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. Currently, she is a professor of psychology at La Sierra University, where she received the Distinguished Researcher Award and the Anderson Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Martin is also a research psychologist at the University of California, Riverside, and a key associate in Professor Friedman's longevity studies.
An avid traveler, Dr. Martin climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2005, and recently completed the 151-mile Marathon des Sables across the Moroccan Sahara. She lives in Riverside, California.
For more information please visit http://www.howardsfriedman.com/longevityproject/